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Hybrid-Cup design

Eliminating the need for stirrers, by integrating the stirring functionality to the cup itself.

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Idea Title

Stirrers - unneccesary means for stirring a drink

Idea Summary

Eliminating stirrers. Conjoining the stirrer functionality in to the cup-design, allows the production of the cup&stirrer combo, using one production line, one supply line and one material.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

We-Can

Website (if applicable)

www.wecanltd.co

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

Technical specification of the product.

 - The stirrer stays in the cup from production to post-user.
 - The material making-up the stirrer is virtually the same material that forms the cup itself.
 - Comes in standard sizes! no change in the cup rim or bottom diameter.
 - May be covered using a standard lid and used in cup dispensers with no further adaptation.
 - The Hybrid-Cup design may be used in paper-cups made from any fiber material and coating combination that works to seal the cup.
- Pull stirrer tab a few times to stir the drink

The unified-design allows for reduced production and supply efforts, as well as better operational performance of the coffee dispensary:

- Award winning design
1st place and Crowd favorite award winner at a major packaging contest

- Unitary
The unified production line reduces production efforts, logistics and the resulting environmental impact


- Space saving
In storage, shipping and various market segments (i.e. in aviation and vending machines)


- Keeps Clean
Prevents stains and drops around preparation area as the stirrer stays in the cup


- Streamlined operations
No need to handle stirrers by a worker or drinker reduces labor and allows for shorter preparation time


- Hygienic
The Hybrid-stirrer remains untouched by others prior to use


- Recoverable material
The paper-cup material is recovered in higher rates than plastic or wood

In the USA and UK, recovery and recycling schemes are already available for paper-cups, however, stirrers were forgotten in this process. The Hybrid-Cup enables stirrers to be recovered, with no extra effort, along side the cup.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot Cup Only
  • Other

How is your concept recoverable?

While cups are being recovered in growing numbers, stirrers end up in landfills at best. Since the cup material reaches higher recycling rates than the wood or plastic stirrers we recognized that conjoining the two functions to one material holds positive environmental impact. Another main contribution is in the elimination of a small and separate stir stick that is often considered to small to worry about when discarded, and poses a problem to collect as well as a danger to marine-life. Thus, the elimination of the separate stir-stick reduces both the pollution caused by the double production efforts as well as the post user waste.

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

Today's disposable cups and stirrers are formed in two separate production lines, involving two separate lines of machines, workers, packaging, storage and shipping. Conjoining the cup and stirrer to ONE product, the Hybrid-Cup, eliminates these double logistics and their negative effect on the environment.

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

The main markets for the Hybrid-Cup are the suppliers and distributors in western markets (stirrer bans). We are teaming up with both equipment manufacturers and cup manufacturers in the industry to allow for the production and supply of the Hybrid-Cup. The Hybrid-cup can be produced in today's cup machines with simple adaptations!

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

Benefits along the value chain of the disposable cup: Production: Using one production-line for both products, reduces much of the double logistics taking place to supply the means of stirring along side cup. Supply and retailer: Using only the cup box, saves on storage space and packaging material. Coffee dispensary: - No need to stack stirrers on a counter - No need to clean drops of coffee from used stirrers in the vicinity of the bin and counter tops. - Eliminates over-consumption of stirrers. - The hybrid stirrer is brandable! - Reduced space demands hold extra value in vending machines and in-flight service. End-user: Easy to use, hygienic stirrer

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Piloting

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Growth and Scaling
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

Shay Kossovsky: A technical innovator with prior experience in a social-based start-up, Shay takes charge of the technical efforts. Ori Hershkovitz: With an academic background of technological management, Ori is the business manager of the project.

In what city are you located?

Tel-Aviv

In what country are you located?

Israel

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

We-Can is a start-up company listed as a LLC.

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

Gaining interest from a large scale customer of the industry is paramount to the success in shifting the production efforts towards the unitary production method to truly make an impact. We are ready to start industrial level production (in co-op) Funding will allow wider-compatibility to the equipment used by various manufacturers, thus enabling more manufacturers and suppliers to provide the Hybrid-Cup. The mentoring process will provide invaluable insight regarding the scaling process.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Direct email invitation

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Without a doubt this is indeed a great product which combines all necessary requirements. It seems to be a very efficient, ecological and hygienical product. Very impressive!

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