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A cup made out of seeds allowing it to be edible to animals and also contribute to re-forest the planet.

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Idea Summary

Re-using the barley peel that wasted from the production of the beer, create a cup and a lead (made with seeds of various plants) that can re place the plastic cup

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Seedcup enterprise

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

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup
  • Cup Lids

How is your concept recoverable?

A 400,000 of of barley peel are wasted yearly in the production of beer, at the same time 10,000 kg of plastic is waisted each year, our solution is created disposable cups that replace the use of the plastic ones making use of the peel wasted and seeds so it can be edible for animals and also helps re-forest the planet.

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

By making the seedcup more economic than the regular plastic cups, this way we encourage people to consume them more, and stop wasting the big amount of plastic that's we are every year.

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

Creating a treatment plant were we transform the barley peel into a paste for the cups, this cups cand be send world wile and help in every single continent little by little.

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

Any one who consume a plastic cup, for a hot drink, cold drink or just parte reasons is the target, the idea is making it so affortable that any one can buy it.

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?

Piloting the concept and creating the cups to make a big production of the cups is can be as afortable to produce and sell.

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?

We are all first year university student on industrial desing.

In what city are you located?

León Guanajuato

In what country are you located?


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

By becoming a top idea we will be ale to get financiation and help from profesionals that will allow the protect to develop faster and more efficient.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)


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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?

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