Gloop, the smart self-service public beverage dispenser machine
Redesigning the system to eliminate single-use take away PET bottles available for purchase in public areas
Where are you / your team located?
Europe & Brazil
How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?
Gloop prevents bottle caps waste by redesigning the delivery system. Incremental design innovations cannot save our oceans as we are still selling the solution with the problem. Gloop is a radical innovation that eliminates single-use take-away PET bottles from the supply chain, while making behavioral change. It is a smart self-service beverage dispenser machine available in public areas which enables users to refill their own bottles or glasses with soft drinks or water, either fully or half.
Which use cases does your Idea apply to?
My idea applies to Case 2 Trevor and Benjamin.
In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?
Gloop applies to all cities around the world and is most relevant in high PET bottles consumption countries such as China, Brazil and the Asia Pacific region.
How do you envision scaling up your Idea?
The first unit will be introduced in a pilot metropolitan city and monitored over a period of 2-4 months. We foresee operational issues such as logistics and breakdowns. We will overcome those by continuously iterating and learning from user feedbacks. Once the unit is autonomous, others will be installed to ultimately enable users to spend a day in that city without buying a plastic bottle, before launching in other cities. Old product versions could be refurbished or replaced over time.
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.
Becoming a Top Idea is proof of concept. I will start building up a team to create prototypes and supply chain design. Working with the New Plastics Economy Accelerator Program will enable our team to access valuable information, explore further circular principles and meet relevant stakeholders.
Step 1 is market validation, step 2 prototype testing and step 3 launch. Success is a world where no more PET plastic bottles are sold. Gloop is simply a facilitator and accelerator of that success.
Please describe from where your Idea emerged
My idea emerged three years ago in a train station. I was thirsty but did not want to buy another plastic bottle because I already had one. I could not find one single water fountain to fill it up, therefore I drew the first sketch of Gloop in my idea book. While I was looking for inspiration for this Design Contest, I found this old drawing which I had forgotten and now looked like a Big Idea. I decided to study this further and realized it had the potential to disrupt the beverage industry.
Tell us about your work experience
Business student with work experiences in early-stage startups in Dublin and Paris and university startup projects (HackDCU 2015, CPEU 2016), working with a telecommunication engineering student.
Please describe your legal and organizational structure
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