Published on May 19, 2015
Last updated January 31, 2021
We thought we’d worked out every last use for glass Mason jars. You’ll find them holding chickpeas and quinoa in our pantry, organizing spices in our drawers and full of sauerkraut in our fridge.
But the folks at Cuppow are light years ahead of us. Cuppow’s adapters take your Mason jars to the next level—turning them into travel mugs or lunchboxes.
Greg Ralich, Cuppow’s first employee after founders Aaron Panone and Joshua Resnikoff, regaled us with a story that made us feel like we weren’t the only klutzes in the world. He told us, “It all started with a spilled coffee in the car and one of those corny ‘there’s got to be a better way!’ infomercial moments. When a search for a Mason jar drinking lid came up short, we made our own.”
Cuppow products are manufactured domestically, made from recycled materials (including the packaging) and are designed to last a lifetime.
The BPA- and BPS-free recycled polypropylene lid ($9) is suitable for use with either hot or cold drinks. We’re envisioning using ours for iced coffees and morning green smoothies on the go.
The smartly designed BNTO ($9) adapter was inspired by a Japanese bento box and keeps the components of your meal—like carrots and hummus, granola and milk or salad and dressing—separate until you are ready to dig in.
Ralich said, “We envisioned the Cuppow as the perfect replacement for the myriad disposable coffee cups polluting our world, but we love seeing it in use for everything from juices to tailgating. It pairs best with the idea that we can all be a little more mindful no matter who you are or what we’re up to.”
He also let us in on one final brilliant idea for summer; “The best use is obviously sneaking in cocktails where they don’t belong.”