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2 in 1

Instead of having the lid and straw come separate if we combine the two into one piece there will be less waste and harm to animals

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Idea Title

The 2 in 1

Idea Summary

Connecting the straw and lid will make it easier to dispose of the lids and hopefully decrease the number of straws that end up in our oceans and end up harming animals. Made of eco-friendly plastic

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Troy High School -Morgan -Xander -Will -Olivia

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

Instead of the cup and lid being two detachable pieces like in this picture they would be one.

This product would decrease the amount of waste because instead of lids and straws being thrown out separately they would turn into one piece of trash instead of two. This product could also be made out of a more environmentally friendly biodegradable material so it can decompose unlike regular plastic lids and straws . 

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Cup Lids
  • Straws

How is your concept recoverable?

The typical plastic to go cup has a lid and straw as two separate parts which is more waste and straws can easily get out of landfills and end up in places like the ocean where they can harm animals. combining the two would make it easier to dispose of.

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

Plastic used today is not biodegradable so if we switched to a more eco friendly plastic or one that could easily be melted down and recycled it wouldnt be so harmful to the planet.

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

This solution could be used anywhere

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

everyone can benefit from this lid. It isnt much of a change from what we currently use but it will help us long term and save the lives of many sea animals

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing
  • Prototyping

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

how to package these and finding an eco friendly plastic to make them from.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Waste and Infrastructure

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

We are seniors at Troy High School in Troy Michigan. We are taking the innovations class here and our teacher had us come up with a prototype for this challenge.

In what city are you located?

Troy

In what country are you located?

USA

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

We dont know much about the technical makeup of the cup and how to make it more environmentally friendly so being paired with Consortium Partners would help make the idea come to life

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)
  • Other

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