The concept for this cup is simple and it's built using areca palm leaves and nut wastes which abundantly grow in the multiple states in southwestern states of India as well other countries. The areca cups are 100% biodegradable and easily decomposes naturally if released into the environment. In fact, it can make excellent fertilizer for plants. All raw material would be locally and sustainably sourced.
There are multiple benefits to this solution:
1. Consumers (primary users) - Will be able to enjoy their hot or cold beverage just the same and be happy about being part of a sustainable ecosystem and contributing to a reduction in global carbon footprint.
2. Adopters (beverage companies/ cafes) - Will benefit by finding low cost, compostable solution for their daily cups/other packaging material needs. Also helps establish themselves as a "greener" brand.
3. Local farmers - Will benefit financially from being able to earn income from farm-waste material and become more cautious about how they currently discard these (usually burn up piles of dried leaves impacting air quality)
Our vision is to provide job opportunities to local women and differently enabled individuals. We want to provide essential training that enables women entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses in their own communities. We're building a business plan that will keep the production equipment used for these cups at the minimal while providing jobs to the lower income household. We are working towards a model where these challenged individuals can help with the sourcing of raw material and the pre-production stage at their convenience.