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My-Lid Reusable Cup Lid by Nendo

Many restaurants, cafes, and other food providers have done away with disposable plastic straws and plastic cups to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our waterways and landfills. With that in mind, the Japanese design firm Nendo designed the My-Lid reusable coffee cup lid for the convenience store chain Lawson. 

The My-Lid coffee cup lid not only reduces waste for take-out drinks, but is designed to create a more enjoyable drinking experience. The main feature is the partially domed space on the opposite side of the lip. The drink’s aroma rises through ventilation holes and is briefly captured beneath the shell, to be enjoyed while drinking. Made of silicone rubber, a heat-resistant, and hygienic reusable material, the lid is double grooved on the inner side to grip and seal the rims of two sizes of cups sold by Lawson. A special washable lid carrying case made of Tyvek also serves as a sleeve for hot drinks.

The project aims to reduce the disposal of approximately one billion plastic coffee lids, the equivalent to 2,000 tons of plastic that is provided annually at convenience stores.

Images courtesy of Nendo. Photographer: Akihiro Yoshida

Kapsel Face Shield Dispenser Kit For Frontline Workers

Design fabrication company Kapsel has launched a face shield dispenser kit for frontline workers. Designed in response to personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, each kit contains the parts for up to 100 face shields which can be easily assembled on-site in under a minute.

While pre-assembled shields take up more space and are prone to get scratched, the small footprint of the kit makes it easier to transport and store, keeping the shield parts safely enclosed until needed. Lightweight and adjustable, the shields can be worn with glasses and are made from three high-quality components: an anti-fog PET visor, a velcro strap, and an adhesive-backed closed-cell foam.

The full-length visor extends a full 12” from above the forehead to below the chin, and 9 1/4” around the front of the face. All of the parts and pieces of Kapsel’s face shield dispenser kit are made in North America. Available in 10-unit ($68), 30-unit ($174), and 100-unit ($480) sizes.

All images courtesy of Kapsel