A disposable plant-based cup.
How a Lily is made
The Lily is a disposable cup that is made from a Water Lily Pad.
Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)
A Lily being used at a fountain
Explicit is better than implicit
This solution addresses which of the following:
How is your concept recoverable?
Lily Pads are a aquatic pond plant and mature much quicker than a tree would. This will make the source quicker to replenish after harvesting. When harvested after its maturity, like the mythological Hydra creature one becomes several. The Lily cup purpose itself is not to be recoverable.
How have you incorporated additional sustainability attributes (beyond recoverability) into your solution?
The leaves of hardy plants are circular in shape with smooth, round edges. These natural characteristics minimize the processing required of the material to get to the forming stage. Also, There is already a waxy cuticle covering their surface. This features aids in the shelf life and storage, protects them from tearing when handling and allows the beverage to roll off the surface so the leaves retain and never absorb.
What regions do you plan to address with your solution (and how will you accomplish this)?
This solution will last as long as the Lily Pad can maintaining its key traits out of the water. An experiment to determine the life expectancy of the Pad usefulness out of the water is key. This will be the deciding factor when determining what regions this solution will address.
What is the current stage of development of your idea?
What are the biggest challenges you are facing today? What are existing gaps in your solution?
Producing a viable product that needs to be a very useful solution is the biggest challenge. Gaps needing to be filled are a Business Model Development, Materials and Technical Development, Engineering and Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Sustainability and Recoverability, Waste and Infrastructure, Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping, Branding / Marketing and Storytelling, Growth and Scaling, Legal and Fundraising / Finance team members.
Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)
Materials and Technical Development
Engineering and Manufacturing
Fundraising / Finance
How did you hear about the Challenge?
OpenIDEO announcement email
Someone in my network (word of mouth)