Kate Stewart, founder of Stay Tray, loves her coffee. However, after 17 years of getting her daily cup every morning, she says it felt “painfully ironic” to use reusable coffee cups but carry them in a disposable coffee tray.
A “light bulb” moment led Stuart to create Stay Tray, a reusable coffee tray made from 100-per-cent recycled plastic, offering a sustainable solution to carrying multiple cups.
“One morning, my colleague and I battled to juggle the six empty reusable cups on the way to the coffee shop, so the barista asked us if we would like a cup tray to carry the six piping hot coffees back to the office,” said Stewart.
“It felt painfully ironic. There we were, using reusable coffee cups but carrying them in a disposable coffee tray. At worst, the cardboard trays would contribute to the 30 per cent of paper waste not recycled and ends up in landfill each year.”
The reusable coffee tray is made from recycled BPA-free polypropylene and can still be recycled after the end of its life cycle.
“At Stay Tray, we understand that we are a part of something bigger. We have a responsibility to help solve the social and environmental challenges facing the world,” Stewart added.
Stay Tray was awarded Silver in the Packaging Innovation and Design Awards hosted by the Australian Institute of Packaging.