Reduce. Reuse. Grow is a company from California which has launched biodegradable coffee cups that has seeds in it in order for it to be replanted after use and grow into a tree. Each of the cups has native seeds from the area where it will be available.
The project is on Kickstarter and the campaign is expected to help the creators spread the project further. The stores taking part in this campaign will motivate users to plant the cups themselves or to give them back to the store so that they can plant them.
The users, after they’re finished with their coffee, are supposed to unravel the cup, leave it soaking in water for 5 minutes or so, and then plant it wherever they want. And, even if you throw it away-you shouldn’t feel that guilty- it will decompose after 180 days!
Helping the Environment & Helping Ourselves
The designers of the reusable coffee cup wanted to create something even better than recycling and came up with this cup that can be planted.
One cup will grow at least one tree and one tree helps extract a ton of CO2 within a 40-year period. Whether it’s your backyard, a community garden, somewhere in the forest or in the mountains, you can be of great aid by planting this cup and giving back to nature.
The good news is that more than 140,000 cups have been planted. The company is currently raising money to be able to spread this cup in Colorado and San Francisco.
The good news is that it’s not just coffee cups that can be made in this way, but so many others products, including containers, shipping boxes, other paper products, etc.
According to the information available on Kickstarter, those who purchase coffee in this cup won’t just have their name printed it out on it, but they will also help their environment.
The money from a purchased cup goes to Microfinance Company, loans are distributed to Third World Startup Businesses, and loans are paid back to RPG.
If you’re not sure where to plant your cup, just check it out on the cup-it’s all written there!
Where Are the Cups Made?
The biodegradable coffee cups are designed in San Luis Obispo and assembled there as well. The seeds and paper are sourced in California.
When the seed paper is soaked and then planted, the germination will begin between 1 and 4 weeks, depending on the species.
Why Is this Cup so Important?
Sadly, Americans throw away 146 billion paper cups on a yearly basis and cattle production and overgrazing is the highest and wildfire reforestation is increasing.