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The edible cup for marine animals

This cup is able to disintegrate after a few hours in the sea so marine animals can eat it.

Photo of Marifer Victoria
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Idea Summary

This cup you can put it in a different garbage can and this will be discarded in the sea. After a few hours the cup will start to disintegrate and the fish food will be released.

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

The fiber cups, believe it or not is way too pollutant for the earth. So it's time to do something about that.

A lot of the garbage we produce is discarded in the sea and this affects the ecosystem and the animals living in it. So we thought about an idea that may benefit to every animal and the nature.

This cup is made on a vegetable basis, so in the time you put it in water after a few hours the edible wax will come off and the fish food will be released.

All of this would help the animals so can live a better live in the ecosystem and preserve the nature. We need to solve de pollution problem. And we think this is a good start.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup

How is your concept recoverable?

This wil stop the selling of fiber cups that damage the earth.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Prototyping

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping

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

We are a group of students wanting to start a brand that can help a lot in the preservation of the earth and species living in it.

In what city are you located?

León, Guanajuato

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 Erick Romero

Other than its use for marine animals, how else can this cup be reused?

Photo of Daniel Grosso

Hi Marifer Victoria , I'm sure your cup will be much more ocean friendly than the polyethylene lined disposable cups that fill our ocean. However, have you thought about the consequence to marine life if the ocean was filled with your cups? Would the fish that eat your broken down cups overpopulate our oceans? Have you considered any form of cup recovery? Maybe your cup could be used to feed fish farms in isolation without disrupting the balance of our marine ecosystems?

Photo of Marifer Victoria

Well, I don't think that the overpopulate would be a problem. We can control that by making activities of fishing or something like that.

Photo of Saniya Shahid

Hi Marifer,
Along with the cup, are you going to create a bin to collect the cups? When it is in the water does the wax disintegrate as well?

Photo of Marifer Victoria

Yes, there will be containers out of stores where you can put them. And the wax is part of the fish food, so if the sea animals don't eat it, it will disintegrate.

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?