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Give It Up For Lint

Dryer lint along with scraps of old torn newspapers can be used to make pulp from which both an insulated cup and top could be made.

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Idea Title

Dryer Lint Pulp base for making cup base material

Idea Summary

An abundance of existing waste material that could be rescued from landfills. There are opportunities for groups to raise money by collecting both materials. Lint is a cheap fibrous great insulator.

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

Products Made from Dryer Lint

Dryer lint along with scraps of old torn newspapers can be used to make pulp from which both an insulated cup and top could be made.  This material would be a great choice for several reasons:

  • An abundance of existing waste material that could be rescued from landfills.
  • There are opportunities for school groups and other organizations to raise money by collecting both materials and selling it to recyclers
  • Lint is very fibrous and could be a good insulator
  • Unique epoxies could create a finish that works as both a paper and plastic like finish material.
  •  Waste could be easily and cleanly burned as fuel.

Dryer Lint Paper Making Supply List Is Simple:

  • Industrial Copper/ Blender
  • Warm water
  • Dryer lint
  • Scraps of old torn newspapers

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup
  • Cup Lids

How is your concept recoverable?

The cups could be easily recycled and the fiber could be used for a range of other environmentally safe products.

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

No plants, animals or petroleum-based materials are required in the manufacture of this material.

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

Start with the US east and west coast where we are likely able to use school group collection to prototype initial product prototypes.

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

All users of paper and plastic cups would benefit from this product.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

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

This product is a concept no data has been collected

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Business Model Development
  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

Looking to build a team

In what city are you located?

Washington DC

In what country are you located?

USA

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

We would be able to gather the resources needed to get a product off the ground,

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

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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?