This Plantable Coffee Cup May Change The Way You See Waste

A plantable coffee cup studded with native seeds could change the way coffee drinkers see their trash, as well as green up urban and deforested areas.

Called “Reduce Reuse Grow,” the project has so far raised over $11,000 on Kickstarter.

Most consumers don’t know where their trash goes, explains project founder Alex Henige, a senior at California Polytechnic State University. For example, Americans consume 146 billion cups of coffee every year, according to Carry Your Cup, but paper fiber cups can only be recycled two or three times before ending up in a landfill.

Henige’s fully compostable cups would be studded with seeds for gorgeous native Californian wildflowers, like California poppy, desert bluebell and blazing star. Once consumers finish their drink, they could soak the cup in water and bury it. After a few weeks, the seeds will germinate.

Eventually, Henige hopes that lazier caffeine addicts will be able to drop their cups in special Reduce Reuse Grow bins, ready for pickup and planting. He plans to include tree seeds in later iterations, which would be collected from the bins for managed planting in forests as far afield as Washington state and South America. Each cup with —> Read More Here


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