CUPPACOFFEECUP is a New Zealand-made reusable takeaway coffee cup. Instead of disposing of a cup every time you have a takeaway coffee, re-use your CUPPACOFFEECUP. The idea behind CUPPACOFFEECUP was to create a reusable cup that is lightweight, has striking full colour imagery and looks and feels much like a disposable cup.
It is estimated that 100-200 million disposable cups are used each year in New Zealand. That number is even higher in Australia – with approximately 800 million disposable cups being used each year.
Many disposable cups cannot be recycled because they are lined with plastic. Even compostable disposable cups cannot be composted without the correct facilities. It is often the case that disposable cups end up in landfill.
Reusable cups that are used time and time again promote sustainability. CUPPACOFFEECUP is made from food-grade polypropylene – a plastic that can be easily recycled at the end of its life and made into new consumer goods. While, of course, there is some environmental impact in producing a CUPPACOFFEECUP, reusing your CUPPACOFFEECUP for a year or two will definitely help the planet! At the end of its life, both the cup and lid can be recycled.
"I studied Traditional Maori Weaving and Arts in Waiwhetu under Erenora Puketapu-Hetet and her family. I also have an Honors Diploma in Art & Creativity. More importantly I have been actively creating art since I was old enough to hold a pencil and that passion has never faltered. I feel there is a need to cross the two mediums of fine art and historical information in a way that people with interests of either will be able to learn about something new.
Art is a medium that has been documenting history since the beginning of time, even before the written word and like literature it hasn’t always been totally accurate however the effect is the same. It is a means to an end and like my work I feel it necessary to communicate my thoughts in a way that satisfies my need to create something beautiful, interesting and informative."