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Green Farm

GF, a cup made of leaves and seeds, you can throw it away with no regrets, and also you will be planting a tree.

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Idea Title

GF, The only cup that helps when you throw it.

Idea Summary

The cup i´ts made with pressed wild vine, with a starch coating in both faces, it resists up to 150 ºF, and once you end your beverage, you only smash, moisten and throw it to an adequate surface.

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It´s a cup that resist the same as one conventional, but it degrades in 28 days, and it has seeds in the bottom, so, when you throw it to the ground, you are literally planting.

Green Farm, the cup that helps when you throw it.

It´s made with pressed wild vines, obviously we doesn't tear them off, we care about the enviroment, and you can't help it by destroying it.

The pressed sheets are covered with a coat of starch on both sides, acting like the wax that conventional cups use. 

This cup has double bottom, in the middle of both it's placed a peat pill, and because of the double bottom, your drink won't touch it, it's very protected. The peat pill has seeds, the purpose i'ts that when you finish the drink, you smash the cup, so the pill can recieve water now, because you "destroy" the coat that was on the top of the pill. Now the pill recieves the water, and it activates the pill and it inflates. The pills also have some nutriments that the plants need to grow up. Once activated the pill, the cup all smashed and wet, you throw it to any ground, and, now you are planting with no effort, or if you want to, you take it to your house and stars your own green farm, that´s the reason of the name.

The cup itself, the leave part, decomposes in 28 days, so it won't affect the enviroment or the growth of your plant.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup

How is your concept recoverable?

Because first, we thought about making glass cups, acrilic cups, so you only buy one and every time you go to the establishment, you carry your own cup and they only gives you the liquid, but the companies won't agree, they end up losing, so we thought how they can keep giving cups with every sale. And what's better than a cup you can throw it to the ground and you are helping the enviroment? People it's to lazy to carry a cup everywhere, our product it's perfect for them, you only have to smash it and throw, and a new plant, flower, ever trees can grow over your trash. The leaves we use degrades in 28 days, so, even not a month later, your cup will be giving your seed nutriments to grow.

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

We use leaves, pressed leaves, covered with starch, leaves that might be in the floor, leaves that the vines throws and throws and throws, natives uses leaves as crockery, we inspired on that. We doesnt use any kind of quimical substance, it's all made natural, no glue, no dye-stuff.

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

We choose to start with our region, beceause its pretty common that people throws all kind of trash on the ground, so, why can it be something helpful for good an all? In some other regions may have other manners, we decided to keep it here, were we know this idea will work. You only need ground, and here there's a lot in every place you go.

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

Our target it's to start using Green Farm in every place they have to give a portable cup, keep selling every day a large amount of seed, which our consumers can keep, and kill two birds with one stone. Every time the costumer pays for the drink, they are receiving a chance to plant, from a kid, to start giving them this curiosity and inculcate them good mores, to an elder, who are most of the time in their houses, they can build a green farm in their houses, take care of the plants and get relaxed.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Prototyping

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

Production, the idea its here, we have to make it to present to big companies.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Branding / Marketing and Storytelling
  • Legal

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In what country are you located?


How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)


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Photo of Koldun Victor

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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