In America alone, over 145 billion disposable coffee cups are discarded annually. People’s coffee habits have led to a startling amount of waste, much of which fails to end up in recycling bins. Then again, they can only be reused a couple of times before they end up in landfills too. Enter the seeded cup: made of post-consumer paper, these compost-certified cups have organic native wildflower seeds embedded in them, so they can be planted after use to help replenish barren soil and attract/feed indigenous local pollinators. A Kickstarter campaign is currently underway to fund their production—read on to learn more!
They’ll biodegrade within 180 days, creating a nutrient-rich soil layer in which those flower seeds can grow. The seeds chosen are those native to the region where the cups will be distributed; for example, a California Native Cup has mountain garland, California poppy, and farewell-to-spring seeds in it, just to name a few. Each cup also contains at least one tree seed, so cups that are planted in barren, felled areas will replenish those places with trees as well. These cups cost the same as standard biodegradable, recyclable cups, which is a huge incentive when approaching coffee shops and various organizations to stock them.
Even if consumers are lazy and pitch these cups into the regular garbage instead of a dedicated Reduce, Reuse, Grow receptacle, the cup will still biodegrade completely in fewer than 200 days.
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