Quite often, the practice of tea drinking later involves the disposal of an item vital to its preparation, so this Cuptea concept makes the entire activity self-contained. If you're on the go you'll be throwing away your paper cup, and no matter where you are you'll have a teabag to discard. Designer Lee Seo-Jin suggests amalgamating the infuser and the vessel into one.
Two pleated Cuptea teacups have been conceived with the hexagonal one for flower tea and the chamfered square-based cup for loose leaf. Both are distributed flat and folded with herbs stored in the bottom, able to open and bloom into a small recyclable receptacle which simply requires hot water. The Cuptea concept allows the consumer to tote her own blend and collapsible mug in her purse or her pocket.