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Returnable Cups

Returning cups and getting money back.

Photo of Claire Donnelly
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Idea Title

Returnable Fun Cups

Idea Summary

We will create returnable cups and when you return them, you get money back.

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

we made a cup that can be returnable, almost like a can. So when you return it, you get 10 cents back. Then they take those cups and reuse them.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup

How is your concept recoverable?

Because they aren't just going in the trash. They are getting reused.

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

All over the world!

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

Everyone will end up benefiting because the pollution will get cut down.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Prototyping

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

Not everyone will recycle them. People are used to just throwing their cups away.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Business Model Development
  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing

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

hhhahahah we're only in high school. We don't have experience in this.

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.

Getting other people input will help use decide what we should keep and change. If it's good, people will be able to help us prototype it.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)


Join the conversation:

Photo of Erick Romero

Hey Donnelly,

Other than the idea of incentivizing the return of cups, what about the design of the cup will attract and convince consumers to use them?

Photo of Daniel Grosso

Hi Claire Donnelly , I'd love to know more about what makes your cups fun! I've often thought having local artwork or unique images on a cup would help drive the conversation about choosing reusable within the community. For inspiration check out VessellWorks, Cup Club, Viva la Cup, and GO2CUP which are some returnable, reusable cup initiatives around the world. Viva la Cup is probably the most similar in that it is a purely returnable cup scheme with a fixed deposit. Easy to implement for cafes and they use stainless steel cups. But are they fun? They could probably be funner! In my hometown of Perth, Australia we have these disposable cups with nice images on them which cafes can pay up to $0.7/cup for (usually disposables cost $0.5-$0.2/cup). I think you could be onto something by going down the fun path... can't wait to see where you take this concept!