MyCUP™ was conceived by using the biomimicry innovation process which takes a life-cycle approach to develop a product fit for purpose. Nature by design sips energy, uses local and abundant materials that are compostable and goes on feeding others…the results a food-grade, guilt-free to-go cup.
MyCUP™ has the potential to be grown locally from the exact biomass waste of the beverage itself. The basic process is to grow a network of chitin filaments into the desired cup shape using a blend of substrate built on the backbones of spent coffee grounds (SPGs). The result forms a strong composite material much like cork that is light, strong, and water resistant.
This novel, food grade material will naturally decompose in 30-90 days after use. SPGs are not ʻspentʼ but retain valuable nutrients, antioxidants, are high in carbon and lignin and are an ideal feed-stock for the growth of certain types of mushroom mycelium. SPGs also have a beautiful particle size that are unlike other feedstocks.