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Drink Catcher

Increase cup capturing for recycling by having an option to dump out liquids and providing rewards coupon system.

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Idea Title

Rewards Drink Catcher

Idea Summary

Individuals can dump out the liquid contents from the cup and either recycle it or keep the cups to use as a coupon next time they come to Starbucks.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Starbucks and McDonalds

Website (if applicable)


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

The liquid container will be installed behind the recycling option so that people can dump out their liquid before adding creamers and sugar. Also, when people are done with their drink they can dump out the rest of the liquid then throw the cup in the recycling bin. That way the cups can be recycled. The other idea was that the cups are a coupon that way people can bring coffee cups in and get a discount on coffee and food. 

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • All of the Above

How is your concept recoverable?

We have a coupon incentive for returning the to-go fiber cups. We are also getting rid of the liquid content in the to-go fiber cups when individuals are done with their drink.

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

Our liquid contains are created from ethically sourced material.

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

Global initiatives will address the issue of to-go fiber cups not being recycled and we will accomplish this through our drink catcher and the coupon incentive.

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

The daily consumer who gets coffee frequently and would appreciate money off their drink orders and homeless people going through the trash to get free coffee.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

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

We do not have enough R&D support.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping

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

Sarah - Radha - Aaron -

In what city are you located?

Richmond, VA

In what country are you located?


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


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

We can do more R&D to learn more about the feasibility of the product and how we can improve upon our design.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • Other


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