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Minima provides compound materials and renewable finished products for recyclable and/or compostable solutions in the environmental material process.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Minima Technology Co., LTD

Website (if applicable)

www.Minima.com

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

https://minima.com/video

Minima offers solutions in addition to renewable recyclable and compostable hot cups.    We have compostable hot drink lids and cutlery that are also home use reusable.   Lids can withstand at least 30 cycles in the top rack of a residential dishwashers and cutlery in the bottom rack.   Minima currently produces compostable bio-plastic straws for both hot (80c/176f) and cold (maximum 50c/104f) temperature ranges with shelf life ranging from 8 to over 12 months.  Some of our bio-plastic straws will sink to the ocean floor and are marine degradable between 12 to 18 months depending on water temperature. Minima will be offering certified compostable PFAS free Paper straws in the first quarter 2019 which can also be certified  as marine degradable.   Minima also offers 100% compostable gloves to replace PE food service gloves.  Minima  also offers compostable PFAS free grease and moisture resistant food wraps and bags.    Minima can also produce compostable and limited reusable cups, plates and utensils.     Minima will also offer bio-foam containers for both cold and hot hot food applications in the second quarter 2019.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • All of the Above

How is your concept recoverable?

Minima Hot Cups are both recyclable or compostable in commercial composting facilities and in-vessel composters.

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

All of Minima's diverse products have been certified compostable, by BPI in the USA, the EU, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and many other countries.

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

Minima offers a global solution currently supplying products internationally for global food service and retail brands in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

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

The entire world population will benefit by use of products made from sustainable and renewable materials which are commercially compostable and reduces CO2 and methane generated by landfills.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Full-scale roll-out

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

The biggest challenges are consumer education and lack of government legislation. We need support from both large and small corporations and governments to educate consumers of the importance to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost disposable goods to reduce waste and save our planet.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Supply Chain

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

Minima Technology was founded in 2000 by Dr. C.M. Huang Ph.D in Chemical Engineering with research experience in compostable polymers and grown with international partners. Dr. Huang is also Chairman of the Pan Pacific Bioplastics Alliance (PPBA)

In what city are you located?

Taichung, Chicago and Evans, GA

In what country are you located?

Taiwan and USA

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

LTD - Privately held corporation

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

The Pan Pacific Bioplastics Alliance (PPBA) plans to work with Minima to conduct an ocean and reef study of compostable products in Fiji. Minima will use the funding to do further R&D including the Fiji project in order to benefit future generations.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • In the news
  • Consortium Partner social media
  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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