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Alternate Straws

Eliminate plastic straws by using alternate disposable/reusable materials.

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Idea Summary

Plastic straws are hurting the oceans and the animals in it. By using other materials like bamboo, wheat, reeds, pasta, silicone, metal, glass, paper, and PLA, we can reduce our pollution levels.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

US Foods

Website (if applicable)

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

In a world filled with pollution, we should aim our efforts to help save our oceans. Humans have had a negative impact on the environment and it is time to change this. Every little bit helps. Plastic straws have been very harmful to our oceans and all the beautiful animals that live in it. By using compostable, sustainable, and reusable straws, we will help our friends in the sea. Bamboo, reeds, wheat, paper, PLA, and pasta are the sustainable and compostable options. Metal, glass, and silicone are reusable straws that will replace the need to purchase straws and will reduce waste.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Straws
  • Reusable System

How is your concept recoverable?

eliminates plastic straws

How have you incorporated additional sustainability attributes (beyond recoverability) into your solution?

using sustainable materials, or sustainable concepts - reusable straws cause no waste

What regions do you plan to address with your solution (and how will you accomplish this)?

mainly costs and cities that have banned plastic straws. Hopefully nation wide once the wave of banning straws continue.

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

All individual restaurants, chains, deli, cafeterias. anywhere that sells beverages to customers

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing
  • Prototyping

What are the biggest challenges you are facing today? What are existing gaps in your solution?

pricing and capacity

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Business Model Development
  • Supply Chain
  • Growth and Scaling

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Born in Florida, raised in Chicago. I am a packaging engineer turned product developer. I am very passionate about the ocean and marine wildlife. Specifically whales. Love whales. If i can do anything to help the ocean and the animals in it, I will.

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?

United States

What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

Will give some funding to our group and allow us to pursue these concepts with force. I will receive backing and support from other departments as well.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)


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