Straws as thing-in-itself
Straw for a cocktail made from completely natural materials
As cocktail straw, made from the treated plant stem
Company / Organization Name (if applicable)
I'm a private inventor.
Website (if applicable)
Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)
The main idea of the project at first glance is quite simple - use plant stems as straws.
One of the sets of straws, used during experiments
Tests the straw in real conditions
This solution addresses which of the following:
How is your concept recoverable?
The main idea of the project at first glance is quite simple - use plant stems as straws. With the only difference being that instead of straws of plastic, straw, which really grows in the garden, is used.
In practice, this idea has a number of complexities and limitations, but they all can be overcomed. This requires:
1. Choose the right plant.
2. Cut the plant in time.
3. Correctly cut the stem fragment.
4. Properly dry the selected stem fragment.
5. At high temperatures, disinfect the future straw.
6. At lower temperature, fill the stem fragment with paraffin or wax
After pouring paraffin or wax, the stem of the plant becomes neutral for the liquid consumed and does not affect its taste. Furthermore, stem of the plant becomes more resistant to soaking.
On the other hand, having got into the environment of the stalk of the plant, even imbued with paraffin quickly decomposes by enviroment without the release of toxic substances.
Excess paraffin flows and drains from the straw
The paraffin melts and flows along the straw, penetrating all the capillaries
Beginning of the process of soaking straw with paraffin
Preparing the drying chamber
Making of the drying chamber
How have you incorporated additional sustainability attributes (beyond recoverability) into your solution?
Solving the problem is growing in our garden. The issue is only in establishing the process of obtaining large quantities of straw at a minimal cost. We already know how to achieve this.
What regions do you plan to address with your solution (and how will you accomplish this)?
Our approach to designing a cup can be applied anywhere in the planet Earth.
Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?
From the replacement of plastic tubes to ones made from natural materials, everyone will win. Probably with the exeption to designers of "advanced" beverages. The rest of the users would not feel the difference from replacement of one material to another. Since the tube from the stem of the plant, by its consumer qualities, practically does not differ from the plastic
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?
My main problem is the lack of resources for full-scale work
Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)
Business Model Development
Fundraising / Finance
Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?
I'm a private inventor. I also tuttor classes in the Lviv Technological Lyceum. The student of this lyceum, Sophia Lytovko, who is actually a laboratory assistant and presenter of the project at various competitions and exhibitions, help me
Sophia Lytovko tests the straw in real conditions
In what city are you located?
In what country are you located?
What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)
I'm a private inventor.
Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.
We will work on your terms simply because there are no other options. If resources are invested in the project, they will be spent by the following prioritization:
1. Promotion of a new straw for a cocktail at various exhibitions, contests and congresses.
2. Organization of small experimental production straw for a cocktail made from completely natural materials.
3. Development of optimized straw for specific customers.
How did you hear about the Challenge?
OpenIDEO announcement email