Jun Aizaki is the founder of CrèmeDesign, a New York-based design studio. He and his team created a completely organic, biodegradable cup, HyO, made from a gourd grown in a 3D printing mold. Its functional shape. Biodegradable cups can be produced on a large scale and serve as a sustainable alternative to the 250 billion fiberglass that Starbucks uses every year.
For centuries, traditional gourds have been used by ancestors as containers for cups. Once dried, the gourd forms a strong outer skin and the flesh inside the fiber becomes impervious. Crème uses this centuries-old approach and uses modern 3D printing technology to create its own composting container, creating cup-shaped molds of any shape or size. They eventually developed a stackable cup that mimics the contours of a classic cut-out glass.
“We can grow the gourd into customizable functional shapes, such as compostable cups and flasks, instead of filling the landfill like plastic substitutes,” the design studio said in a blog post.
They believe that 100% biodegradable HyO-Cups can significantly help reduce this waste. They were originally grown outdoors, but there are many obstacles such as weather, pets, humidity and floods. They are now planting them in a container laboratory housed in containers. The next step for Crème is to plant them in an indoor laboratory.
The only drawback of the gourd cup is that the gourd takes at least 100 days to mature. Crème is working to optimize the process to expand production. “Like all new projects, we started small and wanted to scale up to increase production and lower the price of each gourd so that the cup could be a viable challenger in the plastics waste industry,” CrèmeDesign said.