Given the dramatic impact our consumer society makes on our ecological system with tons of disposable containers that end up in the environment, the latest trend of “plantable packaging ‘can help protect our planet from further damage.
student of landscape architecture, Alex Henige, may have reached the ingenious idea of how to recycle disposable coffee cups but not in the conventional manner. Their recycling method is based on the idea of ”plantable container ‘which means that once the coffee is planted, biodegrades and grows on a tree. The plantable V1 cup of coffee is to reduce the adverse effect our daily use of disposable products have on our environment.
To this end, started Reduce. Re-use. We grow Kickstarter campaign , which needs to raise $ 10,000 in order to start commercial production of coffee V1. For now, the coffee cups can be found in coffee shops retail.
A fact that not many people know, according to Reduce.Reuse.Grow, is that even when the paper cups are recycled, have to be reused for a number of times before the fibers break actually. In other words, this means that even with all the efforts we are making towards reducing the harmful effects of waste on the environment, we are not really make a significant change.
RRG is intended to bring this to an end by introducing containers made of compostable materials which have seeds embedded in its walls. It is best that once the cup is used, break down in about 6 months.
If we consider that the average annual use of disposable coffee cups is 146 million dollars in the US alone, and a cup grows a tree, this method of recycling significantly promote afforestation at the local level. Taking into account also that a tree a ton of CO2 is removed in its projected 40-year lifespan, you can only imagine that this will bring positive effects on our environment in the long term.
Last but not least, the implanted seeds in the cups are indigenous to each area of the glass is sold in, which means this will support and strengthen local ecosystems.