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Microfinance a 3D printer and print caps (not only caps) for yourself and others from materials you source and make yourself.

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Case 2, Bottle caps. (plus other uses)

Besides the obvious reasons below, the idea could revitalize the market. For instance, manufacturers could come into the conclusion that some product design must be re-imagined for everyone’s benefit. Producers could distribute bottles without caps rather they could seal the top with a paper. (See: An individual could use his or her own cap, the cap has an integrated small spike (similar to a mayo tube) which would effectively burst open the seal when attached/screwed on.

Advantages to common caps:

  • Affordable economically. You gather some money microfinance loans or from other sources (savings) and began making stuff for your own.
  • You can learn technology wise, though there is no prequisite.
  • Affordable environmentally, you can reuse, repurpose or upcylce materials.
  • Made by you or your friend or someone you may know.
  • No transportation costs.
  • Available when you need it.
  • Can be made
    • before the actual usage and you can make your printer automatically print out some.
    • from appropriate materials, paper, plant based biorenewables.

Why paper?

Global studies suggest that (1) the paper industry is emerging, (2) the paper industry needs new challenges.

May 2017

I have working connections in the paper industry and a company (Mondi) adivsed me a few days ago about an upcoming trend.

July 2017

Why plant?

We can put plant leaves into one more application, as the value chain is not fully capitalised.

Why other materials?

Because you can grind nearly all materials and by making a mix, can experiment with new compounds.

I’ve tried to co-op with gals, guys here, w/o success. I talk to people whereever I go, but it’s only me right now.

Example projects:

Idea Title


Company / Organization Name




Where are you / your team located?


How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?


Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

Case 2 (I surmise Trevor and Benjamin would use the idea for preparing caps, bottles.) Anne, Lucas and Nigel would use it for other use cases not mentioned.)

In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?


How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

Asking influencers, celebrities to support the initiative; using free educational apps; government support; ads in central locations, airports.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.
  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

In case any of my ideas encourages or inspires someone, then it’s a win-win-win. Win for the society, win for the individual, win for everyone. I have experience in engineering, management, design thinking and I’m able to prototype and validate the ideas with no or minimal support from the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

I’ve browsed over the ideas and I’ve facilitated design thinking iterations, alone.

Tell us about your work experience

Engineer, project manager, interested in social innovations. This is a topic, which I have a huge interest for but no experience in it.

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

I can streamline the idea to an NGO or profit organizations.

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