Boba Bottle Design

Currently, boba tea is sold in plastic cups with plastic straws — two big contributors to plastic waste. Teaspoon, the local boba tea shop that has a long line of community members everyday waiting to get tea, therefore released a new product: A tall, reusable glass bottle with a bamboo screw-on lid that says “Teaspoon” in gold letters on the side. It looked beautiful and fit the aesthetics of my generation, and it sold out within a day. However, the day my mom brought one home with tea inside, I knew that these would not take over the disposable, plastic cups that they were intended to -- they simply weren’t designed appropriately to suit the need. Yes, they were reusable, but no, the Teaspoon straw necessary to get the tapioca balls at the bottom of the tea did not fit inside the bottle without having to be bent and folded at the top. Even with the straw, the drinker often either gets either a mouthful of tea without boba or a bunch of boba with little tea through the straw. And if they didn’t use a straw and simply sipped from the bottle, they would only get tea and no boba. Additionally, it was a glass bottle with no grip and could easily fall and shatter. The whole purpose of it being a reusable, environmentally-friendly bottle to carry tea around was defeated.
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The Re-Designed Reusable Boba Bottle has a removable compartment for boba and completely eliminates the straw. The user can drink from either just the tea section, just the boba section, or both. In this case, the bottle truly is reusable, the straw is eliminated, the lid is more like a coffee travel mug, the boba will not lose its consistency over time because it is not mixed in with the tea, the user has a balance of tea and boba, and ultimately, it is an environmentally friendly, easy-to-use bottle that still satisfies the aesthetic standards of the people buying and drinking boba tea.

identifying the problems with the current Teaspoon reusable bottle:

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initial concept sketch, incorporating the straw into the reusable bottle:

final concept sketch: