Wow, I'm so glad to read this!!! Thank you Louise Clifford , it would be very very helpful to understand the system behind Coffee Shops in Ireland. We may start comparing Coffee Shop systems worldwide and understand what can we adapt from each system into another. The research may take some time (more than IDEO's Deadline) but I will love to continue the research and see what we get!!
Hi Kate Rushton !, we're totally aware that there are "to-go" coffee cups. As an Industrial Designer, I believe that is in our hands to create products thinking on their complete lifecycle and if we can't change systems and sustainable education easily, at least we may contribute designing products that will create lower impact at the end of their lifecycle. In this case, our proposal is made by renewable resources and under appropriate conditions we are looking for a fast biodegration (in similar tests we've reached 120-160 days aprox.) So, even if the consumer gets a "to-go" coffee cup, the product will biodegrade quickler. About cost and Technical feasibility, we have made different successful prototypes under different industrial processes (injection, extrusion, blow moulding) using similar fibers/waste. Cost is higher (not that much) and that's why we're thinking carefully about the Target Market. (More info in the refinement final document). Our existing prototypes with similar fibers/waste have been successfully tested, and at this refinement phase we have used them explaining users the coffee background and we have good results. (See at refinement final document).
Hope I have answered your questions, please check out the extra documents at the final document to give you a clearer response of your questions. Best Regards! Fernanda