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Flip Cup

Flip Cup is a compostable cup made from recycled materials and plant based starch.

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Flip Cup creates compostable cold cups from recycled material.

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Solving a Problem

Global waste is a problem on a much larger scale than paper cups. While finding an eco-friendly solution to the fiber cup will make a great impact on the environment, there is still so much waste on our planet. Flip Cup plans to start tackling the problem of waste by repurposing other paper products. 

Creating The Product

Hopefully, someday in the future, all of the products we use will be biodegradable, but Flip Cup works to solve the problem we are facing now. By making a pulp from recycled paper, the fiber of other products can be used to create something new. In order to hold water and endure high temperatures, a plant based starch is added as the liner. 

Second Life

Paper without a plastic liner is biodegradable, so the addition of the dextrose gives the cup this ability. When disposed of in a commercial compost bin (which will be available in a commercial property where Flip Cups are used) the cups can be composted and repurposed. 

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup
  • Hot Cup Only
  • Cold Cup Only
  • Cup Liner
  • Some of the Above
  • Reusable System
  • Alternative Delivery System

How is your concept recoverable?

Flip Cup is not just a product, but a cyclic system that allows

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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?