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80% Reusable / 20% Disposable

Separate the paper structure of a cup and the top plastic surface into discrete layers where the cup is reused and the top layer discarded.

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Idea Summary

Can the current cup design be separated into two discrete layers where 80% of the cup can be used multiple times and only 20% of the cup is thrown away?

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 Liner
  • Reusable System

How is your concept recoverable?

Only 20% of the cup is thrown out. Easier to be recycled as the two layers are not bonded to each other.

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


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

Less waste

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

What materials would be used?

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing

In what city are you located?

New York

In what country are you located?



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Photo of Koldun Victor

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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