by Hanne Viehmann
Zero single-use plastic,
zero single-use terracotta in India.
Exchanging disposable cups made of plastic with clay.
Collection Bhar is a concept that examines the traditional clay cup for its sustainability values and offers a proposal for strategic design solutions to launch the teacup as sustainable alternative for disposable plastic cups. The proposal includes the strategies to extend the cup's life cycle by recycling the discarded material and to create reusable products in collaboration with Indian and international designers.
The teacup is manufactured since many generations and has a long history in Indian culture. It is made of regional clay, fired in an open fire, and contains 30 or 50 ml of chai.
The common used name is Kulhad and the local term in the state West Bengal is Bhar [baːɐ̯].
India needs to realise “zero single-use plastic” by 2030. Current Railway Minister Piyush Goyal stated to reintroduce clay cups on trains and stations.
November 2020, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal stated “Tea will be sold in environment-friendly ‘Kulhads’ in place of plastic cups at all railway stations in the country.“
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