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Eco cup

give more uses to these cups

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Idea Title

Green Cup

Idea Summary

This cup has the use that when you finish your drink is a pot.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Say green, hug the world

                              Green Cup”


Thinking about the problem of how many cups we throw per year, which are approximately 2.5 million, we try to give a second use to these items, not that they simply remain in a dumpster, but that they can be reused and be fashionable to call the attention of the people, obviously considering the production costs, what we did was to create a glass based on the materials that are used for the recyclable pots, which are the following: 

  • Peat
  • Wood chips
  • Fiber coconut 
  • Recycled paper.


What this cups does is that when you finish your drink, it will serve as a flowerpot due to the materials it carries, and below this will come a small package with seeds, which exist in different types, we focus on plants that help in the kitchen and plants that help the health, to give it a little more benefits.

Thinking also about the cost of production and also based on materials that are recycled, such as paper, coconut fibers and wood sawdust, these glasses are also completely biodegradable and eco friendly.

Also thinking a little more about the design of the pot, we created these small "covers", you throw them with the coffee bags, which cover the pot and give it a more vintage look, these sacks thought that part of its sale could help campaigns like to clean oceans, etc.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot Cup Only
  • Reusable System

How is your concept recoverable?

It would be reusable to be able to use it as a pot and to be biodegradable.

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

the materials are very inexpensive, besides they are completely "eco - friendly", and they ask to be used without problems for the health

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

I’m Mexico and around the world

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

What this cups does is that when you finish your drink, it will serve as a flowerpot due to the materials it carries, and below this will come a small package with seeds, which exist in different types, we focus on plants that help in the kitchen and plants that help the health, to give it a little more benefits.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Prototyping

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

It is innovative

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainability and Recoverability
  • Growth and Scaling

In what city are you located?

Guanajuato

In what country are you located?

MEXICO

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Other

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An ordinary cardboard cup breaks down in the natural environment roughly in a year or thereabout. Approximately how the fallen leaves does, consisting of the same cellulose. In order for the new material for the production of cups to become a cost effective replacement of cardboard, it should decompose order faster, somewhere in a month, maybe two or three. This is at an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius (according to NASA). But when we pour water near a boiling point, at a temperature of 95 degrees, into such cup , according to the rule of Svante August Arrhenius, all the chemical processes in it, including the self-decay of complex molecules, respectively, accelerate. The minimum acceleration will be somewhere 250 times, and the maximum will be about 65,000 times. That is, for a disposable cup that has been filled for at least an hour, and this is a real situation somewhere on a picnic, there is all the chances to pour out their content on the table at best , at worst, on himself or his electronic devices. Even if this cup was made a few days before that and was stored in a stock in perfect conditions.
Therefore, the question arises - how do you deal with such issue?