The first plantable coffee cup’s on its way to design

Photo: Reduce. Reuse. Grow.Photo: Reduce. Reuse. Grow.


If we distributed the number of coffee cups we throw away annually in the United States, every person in the world would have a cup, every day for more than 20 days.

Americans toss out 146 billion coffee cups a year. When I read that, I had to look again. Yes, that’s billion with a b.

So the idea of biodegradable and “plantable” cups is a really cool idea. You may have already seen this concept in greeting cards. The folks with the San Luis Obispo, California-based group “Reduce. Reuse. Grow.” hope this idea takes off on Kickstarter and can be created into a prototype. As of this post, the group surpassed their $10,000 goal.

The post-consumer paper based cup extracts one ton of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere per year once it’s planted. Say you don’t want to plant it, and you end up throwing it away in a designated bin. The cup biodegrades in 180 days and used for reforestation purposes.

Planting instructions are on the cup and are based on the seed variety, which is also indicated on the cup. Unravel, soak in water for five minutes, and in one to four weeks you’ve got the start of wildflowers or vegetables.

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