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Fly-Trapping Coffee Cups

The 'Fly Trap Lid' Extends the Life of the Disposable Coffee Cup

— August 31, 2017 — Eco
This 'Fly Trap Lip' is an innovative design created by Li Zhu and Yanqing Hu, who are hoping to manage a disease-carrying insect population while making use of the materials one already has.

This multi-functional lid helps extend the life of a disposable coffee cup by providing it with a purpose as it sits in public garbage cans. The design features a small deviation from the standard lid in the form of a tiny dent that can be pressed down. Once finished a beverage, consumers are asked to push down on the dent, creating a small conical structure. The structure serves as an effective trap, making it difficult for a fly to escape once it's inside. A coffee cup serves as the perfect model for a fly trap, as the leftover coffee residue naturally attracts bugs.

This conceptual lid hopes to effectively decrease the fly population, while giving a second life to garbage.
Trend Themes
1. Multi-functional Lids - Expanding the purpose of disposable items through innovative and practical designs, such as a fly-trapping lid for coffee cups.
2. Sustainable Solutions - Addressing environmental concerns and public health by repurposing waste and reducing insect populations through disposable item design.
3. Insect Control - Utilizing unique innovations, such as a coffee cup trap design, to manage disease-carrying insect populations and decrease public health risks.
Industry Implications
1. Foodservice - Opportunities for food service companies to incorporate innovative designs for disposable items to increase sustainability and reduce public health risks.
2. Waste Management - Adopting new technologies, such as the fly-trapping lid design, to control insect populations and improve waste management practices in public areas.
3. Design - Exploring creative solutions, such as multi-functional lids, to address environmental and public health issues for disposable items in design industries.
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