A small team from California came up with an ingenious idea called “Reduce. Reuse. Grow.”, that may turn around some waste problems. They invented a smart type of coffee cup. It has seeds inside the walls, and when you finish your coffee, you can plant the container. The exciting thing is that the seeds in the cup are local to the place. It means that the plants will be appropriate for the local ecosystem.
The CEO of the company “Reduce. Reuse. Grow.” (RRG), Alex Henige, has developed these incredible paper cups. The company funded this idea and helped to kickstart the new environmentally-friendly products.
The company allowed the customers to buy other products as well to help fund the company’s research for more seeds that can be transformed into cups.
RRG sold products such as hats, shirts, and framed landscape pictures, and they got $21,000. It was enough to get the company off the ground and start producing biodegradable coffee cups. Restoration Packaging website announced that all the products are designed with sustainable resources and techniques that are currently available in the disposable industry.
Billions of beverage containers are thrown away every year, which causes a disgusting mess. It is an alarming waste issue. On the other hand, the new cups are 100 percent recyclable and compostable, and with each product served, the carbon footprint is offset.
In 2018 Statista study research showed that Americans drink about two cups of coffee daily. This waste ends up in oceans and landfills. The Boston Globe made some calculations, which showed that these cups take over 20 years to decompose. They need a few days to decompose in water, but the problem is that they consist of hazardous components like chlorine dioxide and polyethylene.
The styrofoam, which is used for hot beverages containers, causes widespread pollution because it breaks down into smaller pieces and the wind blowing them away.
The eggshells are suitable for seed planting because the plants get the calcium as they break down.
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