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Return Me Gold.

Creating super rewards for retailers, restauranters and consumers for the optimum collections of the cups.

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Idea Title

Motivating of retailers ,restauranters ,consumers.

Idea Summary

To facilitate collections and returning of the cups, lids.Retailers and restauranters are given prizes. Processors-recyclers , com posters get the materials easily, avoiding pollution created by cups.

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

That shows how I will brand the cup, to increase the popularity, it makes one to know and learn a little cup in his/her hand has value and throwing it, you real spoil the gold.

My initiative involves rewards. To facilitate collecting of the cups whether hot/cold cups lids,sleeves and may be straws so that the processors ,producers, users ,recyclers and composters to get them easily. The restauranters, retailers and consumers are give a prize, in the form of (a) boosting their airtime communications on mobile phones .They act as a medium between the processors and the consumers. They have opportunity to collect them because the consumers take their beverages before them. Also the cup request the consumer not throw it, return it be rewarded.The charges for the prize to be offered is reasonable, to motivate them, makes it easier to see value in gathering the cups. Rewarding encourage them ,so that to avoid the cups going to the landfills. PARTNERSHIP My model incorporates partnership,in some services that are useful, to deliver the cups, the members are served, increase accessibility of products and also important for recovering the cups. REVENUE RETURN ME GOLD creates a room for another market, to appear or builds another service due to this initiative.The cups reach a lot of people, that is a real moment for the RETURN ME GOLD to capture it and turn it for business,so that to get it is cash to reward it's people,so ,Does creates sustainability. MODEL The cups do sale itself and the users of the cups are all over the world.To reach them we connect with them through the retailers and restauranters. From them the composters and the recyclers meet with them.These processes keep the cycle of the cups in whole use, creating wealth and keeping the environment safe In my research, I found out that countries like Norway and Singapore have already started to reward the users to return waste,cups but using different model from mine. Also I learned that the use of cups in the USA, disposable cups was a result of people used to share a cup and then a disease broke out, infected many, so someone said disposable cup is better, that made it to be the culture, to avoid diseases. Also there are websites which deal with different wastes in different ways for example tells the users what materials of plastics are recycled.Another are APPS in UK, I met one which uploads the food, which is counted as waste by the user the app signals to orphans families, whoever is involved goes to collect.many others teach how to recycle plastics, other informs which materials is recycled, others connect users to the recycling facilities. They have inspired me indeed, therefore being creative I resolved to start this initiative. Return me Gold. My images, mean totally what I will do. Also I have left some features out which are supposed to be included, on the cup you know the reasons.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Alternative Delivery System

How is your concept recoverable?

RETURN ME GOLD, rewards the consumers, restauranters and retailers to ensure the cups hot/cold cups and lids are collected from the consumers and kept safe. Now it is the time for the recyclers and composters to act to get the materials or are send to them ,or also to alternative resuse channels. After that also the process commences again.

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

I have already mentioned above, for recovery of the cups a lone cannot make this service sustainable, I have considered it already, this initiative creates another service on the other side of the coin, consider this service will not be carried out in vacuum but in channel that you see working today, also it employs the honest services, that are trusted by people.

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

This project, works where the cups-hot/cold cups are available ,for me to test my initiative I have to use Starbucks and MCdonald cups,to use my new brand,my project works in any part of the world. Therefore in Kenya also it does work.

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

Processors because they can get their materials readily available. This initiative makes it easier to reach them, don't waste time to search it remember the materials in the first place, were thrown everywhere and there was nobody to collect, even the cost of gathering it was expensive,so the RETURNED ME GOLD, now comes in to make it possible where it was difficult. Producers also can benefit by attracting many consumers only because it offers rewards and it also can be opportunity for the owner to resuse the cups because the whole cups is being returned,that will reduce manufacturing costs. Another are retailers and restauranters because they earn rewards, it has impact on the users.

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?

To ensure I meet quality standards of this services, I need the networking thoroughly,for me so that I can create, sufficient market ,I need names of all recycles ,manufactures ,composters so I may contact them easily.To increase the capacity and the mission of the RETURN ME GOLD.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Waste and Infrastructure
  • Branding / Marketing and Storytelling
  • Growth and Scaling
  • Legal
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

I am inventor ,interested in innovations.developed thermal pressure cooker which uses less electricity ,charcoal, gas and firewood. It also keeps food hot.

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.

It will be interesting to work with consortium and joining business accelerator can do better by improving my skills farther.Therefore my initiative can be worthy,fetching wealth, and valuing my clients.Becoming top idea will enable me test my initiative with 500 retailers and restauranters.with also 1000 consumers,by requesting Starbucks I may use my features on their cups. Finally I know if benefit from business accelerator, my service will have impact on my clients.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

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Refund your cups!

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Photo of Daniel Grosso

Hi geoffrey mosigisi , I really like that your idea is spreading responsibility across retailers, businesses, and communities! Have you thought about including manufacturers of disposable products in your incentive scheme? I have often thought that manufactures and importers of disposable products should be responsible for the product's end of life. If a manufacturer or retailer (Coke, Starbucks, McDonalds who are the challenge sponsors) push disposable products into the economy should they not be responsible for recovering the resources that they profit so much from? Do you think that the rewards initiative that you are proposing will entice the project sponsors (Coke, Starbucks, McDonalds) to be responsible for the waste that they produce?