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Groof - Creating Circular Economy Through Both Ends

Rethinking the Service Delivery Model of Retail Coffee Shops and Sustainable Products

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My original idea came from a material perspective and product design approach - which was to recycle spent coffee grounds and make them into a compostable product that replace plastic coffee cups lids.  However, through more deeper research and literure reviews, I've found that designing through  a systemic thinking would be more suitable for tackling a wired problem like this. 

Idea Title

Groof - A Sustainable Product and Service Delivery Platform For Local Retail Coffee Shops and Packaging Groups

Company / Organization Name

Industrial Design student at OCAD University

Where are you / your team located?

Toronto, Ontario

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

North America or wherever coffee ground wastes are accepted by the local councils/commercial operators

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.


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Hi Alice!

As Refinement Phase quickly comes to a close in LESS THAN 7 HOURS, I want to remind you that the following must be submitted by tonight, August 31st at 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

1. Submit the Refinement Questions Form online that was sent again via email yesterday evening--we have not yet received this from you. These questions are mandatory for Top Ideas consideration, so this should be your first priority in the final stretch.

2. A secondary priority, which is optional, is to update your Refinement Phase post.

If you have any questions, please email

Looking forward to reviewing and celebrating the amazing work you've achieved this Refinement Phase!

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