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Cup you can eat

Design a cup that you can eat

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Idea Title

I got this idea from the existing companyAvani Eco

Idea Summary

Avani Eco is a company which sells bio-plastic packaging . Their bio-plastic is 100% degradable and passed the oral toxicity test.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Avani Eco

Website (if applicable)

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

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Cold Cup Only
  • Straws

How is your concept recoverable?

The raw material of these bio-plastic cup in Avani Eco is made of cassava. It is not harmful to human and animals. It can be solve the problem of plastic pollution.

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

The cup does not have to be consumed because it is completely degradable in 3 to 6 months.

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

Europe is the target. Because it accounts for 55% of biodegradable products.

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

eco-friendly organizations, end customers, hospitalizes, retail

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Operating Concept / Startup

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

The cup could not be use in hot coffee. Because Avani Eco bio plastic can dissolve in hot water.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Branding / Marketing and Storytelling

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

Student from University of Technology Sydney

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Other


Join the conversation:

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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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