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Collapse-A-Cup

Collapse-A-Cup is eco-friendly, made in the USA, BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe and made with FDA approved materials

Collapse-A-Cup

Collapse-A-Cup is eco-friendly, made in the USA, BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe and made with FDA approved materials

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About

Hi, I'm David Faris, owner and creator of Collapse-A-Cup. I've been a commercial airline pilot for 18 years and have a degree in architectural design as well as a bachelor of science in Aeronautical science. You can be sure that I used all my experience and education to design the best insulated travel mug you can get. Please help get the word out about Collapse-A-Cup and share this with anyone you know that may be interested.

Media stories recently released:

Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/article/save-the-environment-by-making-this-small-change-to-your-morning-coffee

Coffee Cup News:
http://coffeecupnews.org/collapse-cup-coffee-go/

Collapse-A-Cup on Kickstarter?

Your kickstarter pledge will fund injection molds necessary to manufacture custom seals for the white Collapse-A-Cup. There have been numerous requests for a white cup, particularly from people interested in printing logos or other artwork on it. The more people that like the cup, the more likely they are to use this sustainable product in lieu of the environmentally damaging disposable cups so I want to make this option available among our other color choices.    

Personal benefit:
Using Collapse-A-Cup will allow you to save 10 to 25 cents every time you buy a beverage from retailers that support reusable mugs. You could save hundreds of dollars per year, depending on the rewards or benefits each retailer offers customers with reusable mugs. For people already using a regular insulated travel mug, Collapse-A-Cup puts an end to those bulky, cumbersome mugs and is easily carried around in your purse, briefcase or backpack. 

Prototyping and testing:
Prototyping and testing requires a lot of financial resources. The white Collapse-A-Cup prototypes have been completed and are ready for testing with seals. I've completed what I can up to this point but I need your support to go beyond the prototype and manufacture the seal molds. Seals guarantee that the cup won't leak and ensure that the cup opens and closes properly. Once new seal molds are created, seals will be manufactured and then tested. When the testing is completed, the molds will be used to produce seal inventory for the white cup. 

This is a seal mold, similar to the mold we will build for the white cup. This view shows one cavity of the mold.
This is a seal mold, similar to the mold we will build for the white cup. This view shows one cavity of the mold.
CAD image of new seals for white cup
CAD image of new seals for white cup
The white Collapse-A-Cup ready for testing with seals
The white Collapse-A-Cup ready for testing with seals
Collapses from 6.5 inches to 2.9 inches
Collapses from 6.5 inches to 2.9 inches
Straw friendly sip hole and a large 17oz capacity.
Straw friendly sip hole and a large 17oz capacity.
Insulated cup walls and seal positions
Insulated cup walls and seal positions
Bumper Sticker
Bumper Sticker

Manufacturing time line:
Having been through this entire mold and seal process with the other Collapse-A-Cup colors, there are no unknowns that may delay or complicate the successful completion of the white cup. Once the pledge goal is met, I will immediately arrange for the construction of the molds, even before the campaign has ended. This will reduce the amount of time between manufacturing and actual shipment to you. I also have stretch goals that I will post as needed. Kickstarter campaign will end in early December with the first sample seals in early January. Seal testing and inventory complete in early February with cups shipping in early March or sooner 2015. I'm including extra time for the holidays.

Environmental benefit:
Collapse-A-Cup was created to provide a convenient cutting edge way for you to enjoy your favorite beverages while on the go. Collapse-A-Cup is the only 17oz travel mug available that combines multiple high tech designs, functions, and is truly portable. Using Collapse-A-Cup also reduces waste and saves our natural resources by eliminating the need for disposable cups. So, whether you are at work, play or on the go, Collapse-A-Cup goes everywhere you go. 

Collapse-A-Cup retail cost $19.95 plus shipping.

Collapse-A-Cup Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • 17.0 oz capacity
  • Insulated for hot and cold drinks
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • No leaching of chemicals like some soft materials
  • Collapses from 6.5 inches tall to 2.9 inches
  • Up lock design, no accidental collapsing, supports 200 LBS
  • Easily fits into handbag, briefcase or backpack
  • Straw friendly sip hole
  • Screw on lid
  • Detachable base for smaller cup holders
  • Disassembles for easy washing

Replacing disposable cups with the sustainable Collapse-A-Cup will help diminish disposable cup consumption, thereby reducing the negative impact on our environment by minimizing waste, conserving natural resources, and reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in our landfills and oceans.

Recent reports by the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as the NGOs Global Ocean Commission and Plastic Disclosure Project, describe the urgent need to deal with our unsustainable consumption of plastics. Plastics are damaging our oceans, ecosystems and marine animals. Plastic makes up 80% of litter on oceans and shorelines. According to Resourceful Schools, Americans threw away 25 billion disposable cups last year. Those disposable cups costs us 363 million pounds of waste, 9.4 million trees, and 7 trillion BTU's of energy.

Disposable Cups
Disposable Cups

Risks and challenges

There are little to no risks associated with the manufacturing of the white Collapse-A-Cup. The prototype for the white cup already exists. The required seal molds have to be manufactured and then the seals must be tested and approved. If the new seals need to be adjusted, that may involve extra time for the adjustments and retesting. With the other cup colors, the adjustments were typically completed within 4 to 6 weeks. The molds are made of steel so adjustments are made in small increments because while it's easy to remove steel from the mold, it's not so easy to add steel back if you remove too much so adjustments are incremental. The only real risk is additional time to ship the cup.

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    THANK YOU! EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. $1 and you will receive one 6 inch by 2 inch Collapse-A-Cup bumper sticker with the Collapse-A-Cup and Kickstarter logos on it.

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    Single Cup - Receive 1 White Collapse-A-Cup, 1 bumper sticker and free shipping inside the U.S.

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    Double Cup - Receive 2 White Collapse-A-Cups, 2 bumper stickers and free shipping inside the U.S.

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    Four Cup - Receive 4 White Collapse-A-Cups so the whole family can have their own cup, 4 bumper stickers and free shipping inside the U.S.

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    Five Cup - Receive 5 White Collapse-A-Cups, one for Monday through Friday, 5 bumper stickers and free shipping inside the U.S.

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    Group Deal - Receive 10 White Collapse-A-Cups for groups of people to enjoy, 10 bumper stickers and free shipping inside the U.S.

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