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EarthVision Bio-Solutions

A recyclable and biodegradable plant-based alternative to plastic made from waste starches at a fraction of the price of all alternatives.

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Idea Title

EarthVision Bio-Solutions

Idea Summary

Everything that plastic does now SuStar can do with zero emissions, at a fraction of the cost of plastic, has been developed so it can easily be used on all thermoform machines to be easily scaled.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

EarthVision Bio-Solutions Inc.

Website (if applicable)

http://earthvisionbio.com/

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

EarthVision’s patented SuStar™ bio‐solution technology creates all packaging products using “FOOD STARCH WASTE,” which is normally disposed of in landfills.

EarthVision’s patented SuStar™ bio‐solution technology creates all packaging products and Use Once Utensils using “FOOD STARCH WASTE,” which is normally disposed of in landfills. Earth Vision’s SuStar is a transformational, plant‐based technology to create products that are marine degradable, compostable and sustainable. These products degrade quickly, eliminating any concern of them polluting our waterways.

SuStar is a chemistry-based technology using extruders as reactors for low-cost starch-based manufacturing. Our patented rotary die creates biaxial sheet strength not currently seen in today’s green segments.

EarthVision provides a complete line of sustainable, biodegradable products for disposable food service needs.  

Our marine degradable/home compostable point of sale bag was certified by Vincotte three years ago and more recently BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute). 


This solution addresses which of the following:

  • All of the Above
  • Reusable System

How is your concept recoverable?

Iowa State University tested our product and determined that it was 100% bio-based content per ASTM D6868. "Bio-based content" is the total percentage of organic carbon that is modern (present day) in origin. EarthVision products were also tested by the Fraunhofer Institute for Food Technology and Packaging. They were verified to exceed the DIN standard for biodegradation which requires 80% degradation in 45 days. The material degraded 87% in 39 days, the majority of which occurred in the first 12 days. The testing standard used was DIN 54900-2 procedure 3 "Examination of the biological degradation in compost by determining the carbon dioxide evolution."

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

SuStar needs no petroleum-based liners, is 100% recyclable, biodegradable in soil or water and is home compostable. Altered at the molecular level a predetermined period for biodegradability can be pre-programmed, especially useful for Use Once Utensils, cups and water bottles, etc. SuStar returns back to H2o and starch leaving no harmful residue at the end of its life. Waste starch is cheap, plentiful and usually free. It is a waste byproduct of rice, potatoes, and the like.

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

As SuStar was designed to be used on all thermoforming machinery this makes market penetration and scaling far easier for wide-scale adoption. Our Goal is to have converted enough thermoform manufacturing facilities in the world over to our waste starch technology, to begin to make a significant reduction in the use of short-lived plastics.

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

For commercial use such as fast food outlets and restaurants, SuStar made Use Once Utensils are fully compatible with most food digestion machines. No need to separate food stuff-simply place utensils and food into the machine. Green conscious companies will benefit from reduced CO2 emissions, reduced tipping fees, transportation cost, reduced net GHG with no methane production caused by tipping at a landfill. Dried remnants are one-tenth of the original input which has been stabilized with no fermentation or pathogens. The output is a nutrient-rich soil amendment compost which most local farmers or garden centres would be only too happy to collect, thereby closing the loop on food waste.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Full-scale roll-out

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

Amongst other interested parties, SuStar has recently received interest from a fresh spring water company that wants to bottle 4 billion litres of water annually using SuStar water bottles. Funding is needed to acquire the plant and machinery. Once funding is in place we plan to turn those Letters Of Intent into contracts.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Supply Chain
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

Please see the attached leadership team list detailing their expertise and qualifications.

In what city are you located?

California

In what country are you located?

USA

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

Incorporated.

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

Wide-spread recognition of what we already know to be the only currently viable solution to the plastic crisis from Top Idea would be huge validation. We would aim to use any promotion from a successful application to propel and accelerate the use of SuStar to a wider manufacturing audience. Any prize winnings would go toward future development and promotion of our SuStar technologies, specifically to commercialise SuStar and provide investors and shareholders real value.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Closed Loop Partners website / social media

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Doug Ivey and his made up company are a scammer. There's no truth in anything he says. I own 5000 shares of stock which Doug gave a certificate to me and has never gone public. Himself His VP Christie Phillip are conmen. They take people's money never to be heard from again.
He is a conversation as is all of his websites. But the lawyers will do their job Doug and Christie.
Scottb

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Scott, I am sorry that you are in the midst of terminal cancer. I can understand your struggle with you against the world. (Or the world against you) I really implore that you seek the proper psychiatric assistance to help you with your issues. Please note that we are out for your benefit and we hope that this message gets through to you in time. From what we understand, Doug has answered all of your questions about the company and the situation about you wanting triple of your investment in refund, just because you are angry with the world and how you have lived your life as a person, is absurd. You seem to not understand what it takes to successfully launch an IPO and if you did, you would be thrilled that the company has made giant strides in meeting many of the milestones that other struggling companies only dream about. Just because you use profanity when communicating with Doug doesn't mean that you're going to get the results you so desire. I think that you are treading on uncertain ground and your behavior breaches in the category of slander and extortion. I suggest you take a few steps back and educate yourself on the definition of an IPO as well as gathering information on what the company has been achieving.

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What happened with this company? It sounded like it had a lot of promise and was light years ahead of everything else. Anyone have any insight?

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Hi Ben,
Thank you for asking. Unfortunately, EarthVision and SuStar were not selected to go through to the refinement part of the process. We are of course disappointed but there are some worthy projects chosen including one of my favourites.

As you have asked Ben, it may interest you to know that the search for SuStar (Sustainable Starch) began many years ago with The Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation, Gordon Moore, the inventor of the silicon chip and the founder of Intel Corporation faced similar obstacles with the first Intel chip. The patents were later taken over and perfected by Doug Ivey-also a very keen environmentalist and scientist/inventor who would eventually go on to perfect SuStar with Don Bittner-a renowned expert in starch twin-screw extrusion and the creator of the Cheetos snack food. Between these gifted individuals, they have been able to open up a whole new world of biotechnology resins and materials which will soon go on to benefit mankind and our incredibly fragile ecosystem in so many ways that it is not possible to articulate in this space.
Kind Regards
Trevor

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Hi Trevor Speid ! Thanks for sharing this idea in the Challenge. Do you currently manufacture cups in the suite of products produced by Earth Vision?

I'm also including the Evaluation Criteria here. I'd encourage your team to revisit as you revise your submission!

https://challenges.openideo.com/content/nextgen-cup-challenge-evaluation-criteria

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Hi Lauren, You have to think of SuStar as a plastic replacement, therefore whatever you can do now with plastic/styrofoam you can do with SuStar. Therefore cup designers can continue to design knowing that they have no limitations.
I hope this answers your question.

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Do you have any detail around durability tests, temperature tests, etc. that you can include in your submission? I'm also tagging in another community member Jose Rodriguez Giraldo who always has great questions to push thinking around idea development! I'd love to hear Jose's feedback and any questions to support the evolution of your concept.

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Hi Lauren, I am just waiting for Doug Ivey to get back to me with some specific information for you on your last question.

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Hi Trevor Speid ,

I wanted to flag that your post is in draft mode. Was this your intention? You can publish your post to receive feedback from our community by pushing publish at the top of the post.

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Hi Lauren,
I have not been able to speak to the inventor yet. I have been assured in past conversations that durability is better than any other green alternative in this space and similar to plastic. More specific details will have to come at a later time.

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Trevor Speid ,

Thanks for sharing! Is this your concept? Or who is the innovator you're working.

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It is the concept of a number of talented individuals whose only goal was to save the environment and the oceans. Doug Ivey is the CEO and founder of EarthVision and Don Bittner is a leading authority on starch technology.

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EarthVision products were also tested by the Fraunhofer Institute for Food Technology and Packaging. They were verified to exceed the DIN standard for biodegradation which requires 80% degradation in 45 days. The material degraded 87% in 39 days, the majority of which occurred in the first 12 days. The testing standard used was DIN 54900-2 procedure 3 "Examination of the biological degradation in compost by determining the carbon dioxide evolution."

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Yes we have cups Rick Garland

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Yes we have test information and all the products are USDA food grade approved. We can provide the info. to you
Rick Garland

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Hi Trevor Speid ,

I'm curious, who are you currently working with in distribution? Also, the deadline to update your submission is this Friday, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please let me know if you have any questions before now and your final deadline.

I encourage you to upload as much context as possible to your submissions and supporting photos you'd like included, as well as explanations about which standards you are adhering to when referring to compostability in your submission.

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All components and materials used in the EathVision Bio-Solutions food service disposable product line are certified to meet FDA standards for food contact.

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Hi Lauren,
We are not working with anyone in distribution at the moment. We are in conversation with the largest food service companies in the country. We have a NDA so i can't name names Rick Garland

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Many comments lead me this by curiosity.
 I don't know your product exactly, so this opinion may not suitable your product, so you only see my opinion for referance.

I think 100% pure starch can not be formulated with heat, if there are not some aditives like plastic material.

Only visible environment friendly is different health friendly.
We often confused,
Healthy friendly material is genuine environmental friendly material.

An early stage biodegradable plastic is made of starch plus micro plastic, and then later it decomposed in nature, then unvisible micro plastic remains in soil and water , then penitrate plants and animal, and return to human.
I think your product probably may not be this. But I don't know your raw material.

87% biodegradable is not sufficient to nature and human because above reason.
All using materials thoroughly prove its safe.

Grinding discharge to sewage pipe line may polute river and may plug sewage pipe.

If your product is 100% statrch, then it may have two problems, one is water protecting barrier, and another is thick starch requires too much drying time.
Have a good luck.

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Hi 병윤(ByungYun) 임(Lim),

Earth Vision’s starch products are formed from pure starch, as we realign the molecular structure of the starches to create a rigid sheet of starch that can be made as hard as iron and as light as aluminium! The starch molecules are realigned, which allows for Omni-directional strength. No one has ever made products with our process before now, as it took some of the world’s greatest minds over ten years to develop. Our starch sheets are so durable that they need to be cut with a power saw, and we have added nothing, just starches!!!

Doug Ivey - Inventor of SuStar CEO, EarthVision Bio-Solutions Inc.

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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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Excellent question Koldun!
Because SuStar is altered at the molecular level you are in fact able to pre-program a shelf life for differing applications. For example, you are able to pre-program one shelf life for water bottles-and another for Use Once Utensils. Understandably, one may want water bottles to have a longer shelf life than Use Once Utensils. Simply-pre-program the applicable shelf life for its use. Hot/cold makes no difference. I hope this goes some way to answering your question.
Regards

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I believe that one time usage is what people will want over some kind of recycle program. Time, efficiencie of disposal is key, more recycle machines will inhibit full return. Keep it simple and cost effective and the whole world will get onboard.

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Hey Daniel, thanks for stopping by.
You have an excellent point. With hard reusable cups, you have to be able to change peoples habits with incentives. There will always be a market for inexpensive disposable cups.

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Hi Trevor,

A friendly reminder the deadline to edit your submission is toady, November 16 @ 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please ensure all desired information, photos, videos, etc. is included in your submission by that deadline. Email nextgencup@ideo.comwith any questions.

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hi Trevor, great work here! I'd love to learn more about manufacturing processes used with your material. My Touchy Feely cup is looking for a material a lot like yours to start testing prototypes! I'd love to get in contact in the future. Well done :)
very best,
megan v.
Team: Touchy Feely Cup

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Hi Megan, SuStar would certainly fit whatever designs you have in mind as the way cups are made now are the same with SuStar.
Thank you for your kind words and good luck in the compo.
Trevor

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Hi Trevor,
We are a big fan of SuStar and the range of products that you folks are developing. Just thinking of one application here of replacing plastic straws with SuStar, that alone will have a profound impact.

We hope to partner with you in the future.

Cheers,

Team RE:CUP

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Hi Harshad, good to hear from you and that you are also pursuing a course of essentially putting a waste product to very good use. It is innovation like yours which will continue the much-needed drive for a more sustainable society.
Well done.

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Hi Trevor, Thank you for your kind words. And all the very best for the challenge.

Team RE:CUP

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Thank you, Harshad and the same to you!
Incidentally, I looked up the figures for plastic straws. Worldwide usage comes to a staggering 8.3 billion a year with potentially up to 200 years to biodegrade. That's before you add in plastic bags, bottles and so on. Importantly, SuStar is so much cheaper than plastic and we believe cost savings to manufacturers should help to drive the change from plastic to plant-based sustainable alternatives.

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That's great! SuStar can be a powerful solution to plastic pollution.

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Hi Trevor What a great product, Lauren Ito linked me to you, I represent Fibercup.eco.
Really feel like our two products could work well together. I am set on using a non plastic lid and was leaning towards molded fiber with a polymeric lining, rather than a coating.
Your molded starch product may have better sustainability attributes than a fiber lid. And would for sure provide better insulation, which is a desirable feature in my plan, particularly for hot cups. We are also looking forward to producing ships flat form on demand beverage bottles ( described in our submission ). It would be excellent if a compostable foam like material could add excellent insulative performance to the entire container. This could be added to our growing list of incentive benefits, for retooling to our new approach. The nice thing about the square sheets that would needed for this, is you would have zero cut off wastes to create them, just as fibercup.eco has zero cut off wastes in it's newly designed template. Our design of a formed fiber lid and low process paper substrates already provide improved insulation performance, using elements of your products would take this to an even better place. It's great to produce conventional products with vastly superior materials, which I feel you have achieved. The next level for sustainable products, might be the combining of better materials, with newly designed products that use these new materials in more frugal and exploitive ways. Thanks Kevin

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Hi Kevin, SuStar was created for people like yourself that can embrace a new way of doing things. SuStar can make fibre cups with ease has excellent insulation for hot and cold beverages. It really could not have come at a better time as far as the oceans, marine life and humans are concerned. It is possible to continue to enjoy coffee from a fibre cup whilst considering the environment. Once that tasty beverage has been consumed, take the cup home, break off a small piece and feed your fish a nutritious meal of starch for several days as it returns to H2o and starch.
EarthVision is delighted to work with anyone that shares our vision.

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Hi Trevor Speid ,

Congratulations on being this week's featured contribution!

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That's great Lauren. I will take that!
How does one become featured?

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Tagging in community members heather kelly  and Michelle So  to connect and provide feedback on one another's ideas!

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Tagging in community member Tim Jackson  who is also in the Challenge! I encourage you two to provide feedback on one another's concepts in the Challenge, as well as questions to push thinking around your concepts