Taiwanese student wins first prize of EPA contest with creative lid design
According to FOCUS TAIWAN, a paper cup with an integrated lid design that eliminates the need for plastic lids and seals was named on April 13 as winner of a design competition organized by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
The winning design was submitted by Lin Yi-hsuan (林宜萱), a junior at Chaoyang University of Technology. Lin said at the award ceremony that she works part-time at a bubble tea shop and noted that they use many plastic cup lids.
She did some further research and found that Taiwan uses 1.5 billion single-use cups per year, which inspired her to come up with a cup design that eliminates the need for plastic coverings.
The top section of Lin's paper cup can be folded down to create a near perfect seal, leaving just a small hole to accommodate a straw.
Lin has also applied the same origami-like concept to other types of takeout containers and is in the process of applying to patent her design.
FOCUS TAIWAN mentions, Jimmy Kao (高志明), a member of the contest's judging panel and head of the Institute of Environmental Engineering at National Sun Yat-sen University, said that Lin's design meets the needs of Taiwanese society and will likely have a large market if it is brought into commercial production.
The product will also benefit the environment, as it is easily recyclable, said EPA Deputy Minister Tsai Hung-teh (蔡鴻德).
The Caring for the Environment Design Competition is organized biennially by the EPA and attracted 919 submissions in its 2020-2021 iteration.
The top three winners received cash prizes, as well as subsidies to travel to Denmark to visit the Index Project foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes design and organizes the Index Award, which honors life-improving designs.