The Catalan Waste Agency has subsidized the design, manufacture and distribution of a recyclable plastic container with a cup in its base, known as a "gotimplora" (cup + Flask or "canteen"). The product is an initiative of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
The objective of the gotimplora is to promote the use of recyclable containers among the university community and find an alternative to disposable plastic bottles and cups. 35,000 of these recyclable containers were distributed among students, teaching and administration staff during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 courses. The Catalan Waste Agency has contributed some 100,000 euros to the project.
The gotimplora is apt for food product usage, it has an Ergonomic design and is made using plastic materials which have a longer than normal useful Lifespan. It can be used for both hot and cold drinks and it is highly heat-resistant. Both its physical characteristics and its design mean that both the cup and the bottle can be used many times over.
To facilitate use, the cup can be used in machines which serve hot coffee and other drinks which have been activated for use without a cup. Both the cup and the bottle can be easily filled using different types of water outlet.
The massive substitution of liquid containers by the UAB gotimplora could mean savings of some 2 million liters of water, while production in plastic savings would total over 25,000 kg, helping to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 232.6 tonnes.