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Hemp Cup

Decreasing deforestation by introducing biodegradable cups made from hemp.

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Idea Title

Hemp Cup

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

The proposed cup is made from industrial hemp - a variety of Cannabis specifically grown for industrial uses. This is a 100% biodegradable material which is converted by microorganisms into water and carbon dioxide within several months.

Growing hemp allows to produce large amounts of raw material (8-10 tons per hectare). Hemp's straw contains about 30% of fiber useful for cellulose production. Cups made from such cellulose are water-resistant and are not affected by fats.

It is also important to note that there are breeds of hemp cultivated in Russia which have no psychoactive contents. Thus, this makes it use safe in production of food containers.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup

How is your concept recoverable?

Producing these cups helps decrease the use of fiber cups and cellulose to produce them. This saves our forests and lowers the amount of non-biodegradable trash that we produce.

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

Growing hemp has a positive impact on the environment: - hemp can be grown on contaminated soils and clean them (more specifically, cleans soil from the remains of heavy metals) - growing hemp prepares the soil for its later use in growing food crops

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

Production regions for hemp must have appropriate climate conditions. Examples are Spain, France, Australia, Russia, China, Romania, South Korea.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Piloting

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

Financial support and market access

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Branding / Marketing and Storytelling
  • Legal
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

There are 7 of us mentioned here, but we drew inspirations from many others who joined our first October meeting in Moscow. Collectively we represent diverse backgrounds and share many things in common, thoughtfulness about nature being just one.

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


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

The funding will help us build the factory with equipment that supports continuous operation. The factory will be able to produce: 10000 tons/year of whitened cellulose from hemp fiber 10000 tons/year of whitened cellulose from hemp straw

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email


Join the conversation:

Photo of Village Development  Center (VDC)

Hi Ekaterina Egorova , Achieving Food System Vision goals will be easy if me can create a network with you.

Photo of Archiebold Manasseh

A very good solution at this point of time.....all the best!

Photo of Yane Sima

excuse me how much does it cost to make a hemp cup

Photo of Koldun Victor

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?