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Refund your cups!

System design for refundable(rewardable) recycling cup system for Restaurants of Starbucks and McDonald’s.

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Idea Title

Recycle cups for your convenience!

Idea Summary

System design for refundable(rewardable) recycling cup system for Restaurants of Starbucks and McDonald’s.

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

A refundable recycling cups system including app for user and recycling machine for each restaurant. Encourage users put their onetime use cups in the recycling machine for exchange money or other privileges.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • All of the Above
  • Reusable System

How is your concept recoverable?

For customers: Encourage them to recycle their cups by offering small amount of money or other privileges if they continually to do so. Build recycling cups idea in their mind in the very first app register phase. For business: It very convenient for deploy the machine and add recycling feature on app without destroying current system. It will not affect any health or hygiene problems. Collect cups as much as possible.

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

Build recycling cups idea in customers' mind in the very first app register phase. For restaurant, it very convenient for deploy the machine and add recycling feature on app without destroying current system.

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

Any cities own Starbucks and McDonald. 1. Develop recycling machine's functions; 2.Application development; 3. Advertisement for this strategy.

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

Any one who go to Starbucks and McDonald. For customers: Encourage them to recycle their cups by offering small amount of money or other privileges if they continually to do so. Build recycling cups idea in their mind in the very first app register phase. For business: It very convenient for deploy the machine and add recycling feature on app without destroying current system. It will not affect any health or hygiene problems. Collect cups as much as possible.

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?

R&D support: how to support my idea. Prototype: how to make such a machine or application.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping
  • Branding / Marketing and Storytelling
  • Legal
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

Industrial designer

In what city are you located?

Auburn, Al

In what country are you located?

USA

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

A functional prototype must be test in front of Starbucks and McDonald. Then keep refine the machine and the design of cups and the application on the phone.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • In the news

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Photo of Rafsan Chowdhury
Team

It is a good idea but the chances of people taking the initiative to recycle rests on them and most aren't willing to do that even for rewards.

Photo of Kimi Zhang
Team

Thank you for your commend! I would rather say it is a strategy to create an Internet phenomena to inspire people than a solution to solve the recycle problem ultimately. In this way people will be pushed to do this because it is a fashion style.

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