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Aluminium laminated paper cup for environment and human health

This cup keeps human health from plastic cacinogen, and can make easy recovery of paper and aluminium by using water-soluble adhesive

Photo of 병윤(ByungYun) 임(Lim)

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HAADANG aluminium laminated paper cup

Idea Summary

Hot and cold cup are possible. This cup keeps human health from plastic cacinogen, induces spontaneously reuse, and can make easy recovery of raw material by using water-soluble adhesive.

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Aluminium laminated fiber(paper) cup. Inner part is Aluminium foil instead of PE plastic film. Aluminium can attach to paper by water-soluble adhesive.

I tested it with various adhesives. Water-soluble adhesive makes easy resource recovery when we put cups into water. 

Aluminium laminated paper cup enables resource recovery and reuse

Resource recovery is easily achieved by using water-soluble adhesive

 Futhermore this cup gives people a perfect food safe, by protecting plastic carcinogen and environmental hormone. This problem is human's long time anticipation to solve. 

Because of this sample cup is orginally designed on human health. It used plastic adhesive. But resource recovery cup is also possible by changing adhesives as water-soluble one.

1. Human's health safe

This cup protect carcinogen and environmental hormone from harmful PE plastic. Healthy safe cup without environmental hormone is human's long anticipation. Now dream came true. Plastic heat resistant temperature is normally 50℃ ~ 80℃.  

But plastic ingrediants is eluted to water even at room temperature. At high temperature much amount of harmful chemicals permeate to water.

An example is PP which is known to be relatively safe with PE, but Canada Alberta university Holt proffesior found that water eluted PP ingrediants in room temperature reacts as environmental hormone at tiny very low ppt(not ppm) concentration. It is published by 'SCIENCE" (McDonald, RG.; Andrew Holt1, et al. (2008). "Bioactive Contaminants Leach from Disposable Laboratory Plasticware". Science 07 Nov2008 : Vol.322, Issue5903, pp.917, DOI : 0.1126/science.1162395)

And SOUTH KOREA govenment file indicate PE  is carcinogon. I describe the contents in this submission.

PS is already known to carcinogen which is early known to environmental hormone. Now U.S.A. govenment designated it carcinogen.

 I investigated newly developed environmental friendly material PLA which originated mainly corn. But it contains much amount various chemicals in it.

 I think we all person must distinguish healthy friendly from environmental friendly. It is different.

 Aluminium mp. is 660℃. Aluminium is very safe meterial that non-soluble in water(hot water) or oil. 

In normal condition Aluminium surface is covered with oxidized Aluminium.

This reaction formula is   4Al + 3O2 → 2Al2O3 

This oxidized Aluminium protect Aluminium perfectly at PH4∼PH9.

{* 출처(the source) : “식품포장학(Food Packing Study)”, p.69, 박무현외2인(Park MuHyun etc.2), 형설출판사(HyoungSeol Publish co.)}

I tested the PH of coffee to investigate this cup's safe at coffee environment.

The result is PH7.   It is exactly neutral.  So no problem exist.

 [photo : Test of Coffee PH with litmus paper]

2. Reuse

People may voluntarily reuse this cup. Because it is good to see, clean, health safe, metal glossy beautiful, precious, light weight to carry, easy wash, strong etc. 

3. Resource recovery

Most of paper and Aluminium is easily recovered when using water-soluble adhesive. 

When we put this cup into water, then the adhesive solves with water, so paper and aluminium recovered easily.

All countries in the world, it is very easy to recover raw materials by this reason.

4. Environment safe, health safe

Water soluble adhesive which I prefer willing to do is not toxic, It is ecological friendly material. Also doesn't harm human.

So recovery waste water nearly doesn't contaminate hydrosphere.

I have some data and report.

5. Others

This cup is suitable for hot and cold drinks. 

Aluminium attached with paper by plastic film is also possible.   

About 10% small part of cup may use plastic. 

0% plastic is also possible but it requires much cost to produce.

6. Attribute opening new era of human's health and eco-friendly world

This cup easily apply to other food industry. 

Cup instant noodle, cup rice and all kinds of cup food industry heat food nearly 100℃, so much amount harmful carcinogen permeate to food. 

This cup is very good to human health.

So If this submission is adapted, other companies that now mainly concern money profit, after all chase your consortium later.  It will be very good to human and the Earth.

Then new era of human health and eco-friendly world begins in the future.

I hope my invention may have some contribution to the better world. 


This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup

How is your concept recoverable?

Resource recovery of paper and Aluminium is easy when using water-soluble adhesive. When we put this cup into water, then the adhesive solves with water, so paper and aluminium recovered easily. I experiment adhesives, compared them. 1. existing cup, In water. condition, PE and paper can not detach 4days later. I can detach them with hand 3days later. 2. I tested Aluminium laminated paper with various water-soluble adhesives. Aluminium and paper attached by several kinds of water-soluble adhesive was spontaneously detached 10mim ~ 4 hrs later In water condition. This cup's recovering process is simple and easy, and no need complicated facility, so every country can do it.

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

1. safe to human health 2. reuse - people want to reuse this cup of oneself, because it is good, valuable 3. high rate recover - 90%, or more 4. virgin material small using 5. ecology safe - Water-soluble material is safe to nature. 6. high quality of recover material - nearly same original quality, because recover process is put them into water. 7. easy recover - no need special facillity to recover, so everywhere can recover 8. apply all kinds of disposable cup

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

1. rigions - UNITED STATES, SOUTH KOREA, and if necessary, other some countries 2. accomplish method (1) First I invite investment and order cooperated companys to make this recoverable cup. (2) If i receive long term order, I will establish factory it is the best policy to provide stabilized supply. Also I can make them with other partnership company.

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

1. Target market UNITED STATES, SOUTH KOREA, and other some countries with Starbucks and Mcdonalds. 2. Who will benefit ? (1) all people (enhance their health) (2) the Earth environment, nature, eventually human

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Piloting

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

I have not enough money to proceed futher making of recoverable cup. Present gap is that this sample cup is not using water-soluble adhesive. To be recoverable cup, water-soluble adhesive necessary, I ended test it laboratory. It is possible , no problem exist technically. But make it at factory, money required. I need R&D support.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

*I invented Alumnium laminated paper cup, It is a unique technology in the world. I developed it for 15years. Because it is very difficult to solve.. i have a friend with my team in Newyork. *I invented very fast completely atopy cure method also

In what city are you located?

Cheong-Ju city

In what country are you located?


What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)

Sole Proprietor

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

I will make true NextGen Cup by using proper water-soluble adhesive. Money required on this test. But now I haven't enough money. If my idea become Top idea, I can make recoverable Aluminium paper cup. You are good companies thinking human health and nature, I appreaciate you very much.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)
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Attachments (3)

Haadang silver paper cup sample manufacturing.mp4

HAADANG Aluminum laminated paper cup sample manufacturing video.

PE cancer related report by SOUTH KOREA GOVERNMENT.png

All plastic including PE is environmental hormone and also cancer causing material(carcinogen). In my experience all kinds of plastic material(PE, PP, PS) is harm to our body, especially in high food(water) temperature.

PE cancer related report by SOUTH KOREA GOVERNMENT.png

SOUTH KOREA' The Food and Drug Agency's 2017 " toxic material" PE research briefs indicate PE is carcinogen material.


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Photo of christian payano

sounds like an amazing idea hope you can find funding, however what will the cup include to avoid the aluminum heating or cooling too much for the human touch?

Photo of 병윤(ByungYun) 임(Lim)

Thank you very much for your encouragement.
This cup also need sleeve or double layer paper as noodle cup to protect hot touch, cold touch has no problem.
I described this content in my draft, but I eliminated it in my submission, because it is normal common sense.
Aluminium is inner part of paper cup. outer part is thick paper, and people touch outer part normally.
Now in response of your ask, I tested boiling water in my Aluminium paper cup, and touch inner Aluminium part 1cm above boiled water, but it is not hot, rather directly outer paper part is more hot, so sleeve or duplicate cup is necessary.
To protect hot touch burn, A condition of normally using 100Ôäâ water as noodle cup, double layer cup is necessary. but coffee's temperature is not so high.
Is this sufficient answer to your question? If you have more question, please ask me again. thank you.
ByungYun Lim

Photo of Anthony Zammit

I don't believe it will be to hot to handle, the cardboard layers will insulate the user's fingers

Photo of 병윤(ByungYun) 임(Lim)

It related with the thickness of paper.

Photo of Basel Nassar Tello

Hi sir,
Have a nice day. I like this idea, it's very useful.
Actually, I'm very interesting for cup carton laminated aluminum foil,
kindly, when can I get like this cups, so if you send me any detailes information because I have factory for filling hot drinks cappuccino, hot chocolate in plastic cup.
Basel Nassar

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