Genius invention: The world's first plantable coffee cup

March 10, 2015

The humble but much-used coffee cup has just been given a makeover that will have eco-conscious consumers quivering over their caffeine.

California-based landscape architecture student, Alex Henige, has created a plantable coffee cup in an effort to combat consumer waste, help green-up urban neighborhoods, create home gardens and encourage larger scale reforestation. Given that Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee every day, this is not only a practical idea but has massive potential.

Using post-consumer paper fibres from local recycling centres each cup is embedded with native seeds of native flowers and trees and will be able to extract more than 1 ton of CO2 from the atmosphere annually once planted.  

What's more, if you throw it away and don't plant, it's still good for the environment. The cup is compost certified and will biodegrade within 180 days so the seeds and the cup itself will to turn into nutrients for other plants to enjoy.

How clever is that?

You can find out more and pledge your support for Henige and his idea over on Kickstarter and read more about his company at Reduce. Reuse. Grow.

[First seen at earthporm.com]




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