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" Loop it"Coffee grounds lids

Closing the loop by replacing plastic lids with coffee grounds lids

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The Why:

Loop It serves the purpose of avoiding coffee spills and retaining heat, which are the primary functions of a lid.

The What:

The idea is to develop a system that entails the production of ‘Loop It’ biscuits made from coffee grounds that are used to replace the plastic lids on coffee cups.

Loop It has a fruit leather layer applied to its underside to slow the degradation of the biscuit from the hot liquid.

Loop It is tapered so that it can simply be pushed into the top of the coffee cup; either paper disposable or reusable.

Loop It would be made in a couple of sizes to suit the standard sized cups currently on the market.

The How: 

The production of the Loop It biscuits would likely be conducted a central point where coffee grounds are collected from cafes such as a coffee roaster. Here, the facility would have installed production machinery including an oven and press to produce the biscuits using the coffee grounds.

Whilst not designed to be eaten, Loop It would need to meet food safety/hygiene specifications, such as avoiding the presence of mould due to the moisture in the coffee grounds.

Key considerations:

The economics need to be modeled but the idea is considered to be feasible given the following cost savings in the supply chain:

- Lower waste disposal costs

- Lower purchase costs for lids

If a coffee roaster adopted the Loop It certified manufacturer, there is no additional transport as coffee ground returns match delivery of coffee and Loop It.

Idea Title

Loop it!

Company / Organization Name

TheHakkas is a Non-for-Profit based in Melbourne; we run networking events, learning experiential events and exploratory programs.

Website

http://Facebook.com/thehakkas.co

Where are you / your team located?

Melbourne, Australia

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

This system entails the production of ‘Loop It’ biscuits made from coffee grounds, used to replace the plastic lids on coffee cups and consequently removes the waste. Loop It has a fruit leather layer applied to its underside to slow the degradation of the biscuit from the hot liquid. It's tapered so that it can simply be pushed into the top of the coffee cup; either paper disposable or reusable. It would be made in a couple of sizes to suit the standard sized cups currently on the market.

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

Case 3 (Take-away coffee lids), impacting Lucas and Anna.

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

Areas with high concentration of cafes (CBD) and surrounding suburbs.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

3 key moments of the journey: first the engagement with the coffee roaster: to get a better understanding of the current machines used to ground the coffee beans. This assessment will feed the design of the Loop it machine. This assessment is followed by the build of the prototype of the Loop it machine, involving manufacturers of similar machines (e.g. Germany supplier) and cafe owners. Finally, the testing of the prototype through the production of the lids as well as their use by customers.

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.

Goal is to raise awareness & contribute to the Circular Economy. Success includes testing and validation of the manufacturing process and constant iteration with coffee roasters, café owners & customers. Steps include further research with coffee roasters, the prototyping of the machine, the production of guides to show techniques to dry the grounds & the understanding of the legal process to avoid breaches of hygiene standards and creation of IP and certification for members of the Loop it club

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

A team brainstorm followed by the build of a prototype and a feedback session in the cafes of Melbourne.

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Hey guys, good news is we've solved chemical equation for the production here in Canada, yeah thanks to the University of Toronto chemistry kids !

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/circular-design/feedback/coffeeld-a-reusable-coffee-lid-made-out-of-waste-coffee-grounds

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