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2 piece cups

its a cup with a removable liner so its easier to recycle.

Photo of Quest Bigelow
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Idea Summary

Its a cup that has a liner that can be pulled out to make it easier to recycle.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)


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

the cups that are made right now are hard to recycle but now with our cup it is as simple as pull and place. we have a tab on the inside of our cup, for the plastic liner and this helps take it off and make it easy for the user to recycle the cup. we all know that the materials are hard to separate but with this two piece cup its just takes two seconds and boom, the materials are good to be reused in some other object.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup

How is your concept recoverable?

the cups that are made right now are hard to recycle but now with our cup it is as simple as pull and place.

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

we haven't really because its not the problem if you can recycle them, that is what everyone is doing something else but cost wise its still the same and doesn't change the whole process of making them.

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

world wide, it can save so much plastic if you use this idea and its not changing the whole design of the cup.

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

everyone who drinks from a coffee shop or fast food joint. this cup would be sold to the in place of there hard to recycle cups that they use for hot and cold drinks.

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?

Having a start up plan and how we will go about making this world wide recognizable.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • 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
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

Quest Bigelow high school student, Reggie Lemons high school student.

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.

It would help get this company off the ground, and a good start up boosted. This idea could change the world with its ability to make recycling easier without costing more to make.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)


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Photo of Tim Jackson

Hi there

You guys might want to look at Frugalpac. I was involved with helping them develop their cup which is a basically a plastic bag glued into an uncoated paper cup. The idea is that the plastic inner bag can easily be ripped out once the drink has been consumed and the 2 separate parts (plastic and paper) can then be recycled separately.

I believe the concept is still being developed as manufacturing on a large scale was slow and therefore expensive. There were issues with making a machine which blows the plastic bag into the paper cup but I have seen a few examples of the end product and it looks good.

Photo of Cindy Lam

Tim Jackson I would love to see the product! I tried googling the product you mentioned but I just see the standard cups they have, which has a food-grade liner that can be "easily separate during the standard recycling process". What is that recycling process?

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