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The woven cup.

Cups and baskets woven out of grass can be used as a food source for livestock.

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Idea Title

Based on Native American woven cooking baskets

Idea Summary

People across the planet have used woven grass baskets and cups for centuries. Using micro-weaving we can create cups and baskets that are edible for livestock.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Blackwood Labs

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

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup
  • Hot Cup Only
  • Cold Cup Only
  • Cup Lids
  • Cup Sleeve
  • Cup Liner

How is your concept recoverable?

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

entire earth

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

third world could recieve free food for livestock.

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?

micro-weaving

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainability and Recoverability
  • Waste and Infrastructure
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping

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

I am a marketer and inventor with over thirty years experience working with fortune 100 companies. I am also a theoretical physicist.

In what city are you located?

Bridgman, MI

In what country are you located?

United States

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

Not-for-profit in formation

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

Our initial work will be in the development of the weaving patterns and manufacturing techniques. This should take a year. Prototyping can be done with any 3-D printing supplier already in your supply chain.

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