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HETAVED Egho 4 Akpokpokpor-(New Fiber organic cup for a new earth benefits)

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Idea Title

New organic cups for human use and earth renewal

Idea Summary

This are new digestible fiber cups formulated from organic substrates with high fiber content that are 100% recoverable, degradable and sustainable under hot or cold condition and are Eco-friendly.

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This organic by-product from maize used for our new cups is though, considered a waste, is highly rich in fibers and digestible cellulose with tested hot and cold water holding capacity.

The HETAVED orgaci fiber cup is made from organic by-product from maize which  are considered as wastes all over Nigeria, Africa and the world. But through research and chemical /proximate analysis, we have discovered many uses of this organic by-products among which is, recoverable cups that are easily degradable and sustainable. 

Our pilot testing indicate high resistance non toxic with capacity to withstand hot and cold water holding capacity. The phytochemical analysis also shows very positive result as to safety components and usage. We have secured the Patent right with the Federal Government of Nigeria as an invention for the production of green products including new cups, plates, straws and etc. Our Patent Registration number is 005443. 

The high fiber content organic substrate use are by-products used are dried, melted and solidified using non toxic glue and humane other ingredients to make these cups rocoverable, degradable and sustainable during usage and disposal. Our products for this invention are 100% eco-friendly hence beneficial to man and planet earth for green production technologies such as non plastic cups, bottles, straws and plates.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup
  • Cold Cup Only
  • Cup Lids
  • Straws
  • Cup Sleeve
  • Cup Liner
  • Reusable System
  • Alternative Delivery System

How is your concept recoverable?

This solution and intervention is 100% Eco-friendly due to the facts that they are highly degradable fiber and digestible cellulose materials bonded with with non toxic resin contents. Our phytochemical analysis and pilot testing indicate a highly recoverable in use product due to the ability to covert it into many uses for instance as organic fertilizers production even after use. It could also be recycled and converted for new production of cups, plates, straws etc even on disposal after use use as cups. Animal feeds could as well be made from the wastes of this products.

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

This product and intervention has gone through scientific screening and tests such as phytochemical, proximate analysis and Patent Right as a non toxic human substance usable for non plastic cups and plates, animal feeds and even drugs production and coating substance. We have

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

The Niger Delta region in Nigeria Africa has decades of environmental pollution and degradation which is now been complicated by plastic contamination resulting to seasonal flooding. The use of plastic is now a big nuisance hence we have embarked on this research to search for alternative to plastic materials usage. And thank goodness, nature provided us with the answer through this organic by-products which is readily available and as waste product in Nigeria and all over Africa.

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

No doubt, this is a very welcome and lovable product as alternative to plastics. The target markets are Market places and wholesale dealers of usable and disposable materials, schools, colleges, , Universities, religious bodies, parties organizers, clubs, hotels and drinking places and even farms and organic production sites.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing
  • Prototyping
  • Corporate Submission

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

The biggest challenge facing us in the research and development process are 1- The lack of enabling environment and support for Research and products developments, 2- There is lack of funding to go into full scale development of our findings, 3- People's attitude towards change and new ideas

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Sustainability and Recoverability
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

Dr. Amos Obi, the Principal Innovator, has studies and practical experiences in Pharmacology, Science Technology and Computer and Digital Technologies. As a social entrepreneu, his creative works are available at

In what city are you located?

Ozoro, Nigeria

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

Social enterprise and partnership

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

We are passionate to saving the world from the nuisance of plastic wastes. We are ready to scale up our HETAVED ORGANIC FIBER CUPS (EGHO 4 AKPOKPOR - NEW CUP 4 MAN AND EARTH RENEWAL) products for sustainable renewal and uses. We need- 1- Partners, 2-Funding and 3-Equippment to perfect our products through research and development as well as the resources and networks to scale up our innovations to all part of Nigeria, Africa and the Globe for human and earth benefits as we move ahead.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • Direct email invitation

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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?