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Throw That Cup On The Ground? Meet the Plantable Cup
Posted on March 17, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Disposable coffee cups may be the norm with takeout coffee, but that could be changing. Despite the introduction of reusable cups into the marketplace, most people still throw out their beverage containers when they are done with their coffee. When you also consider that the average American drinks more than three cups of coffee a day, there seems to be a never-ending stream of Styrofoam and cardboard coffee cups entering landfills as trash or littering the street. However, an end is in sight: a California company named Reduce. Reuse. Grow. is trying to buck the trend with plantable coffee cups that have a positive effect on the environment.

The cup is made of a biodegradable material embedded with seeds from the intended market area. The cup can be composted with other produce rinds or it can be planted in your own backyard. The company also contends that cost will not be an issue, as it costs nearly the same as any other biodegradable coffee cup and only slightly more than non-recyclable plastic cups.

Currently, California is the only state with a cup that is ready for use, but the company plans to expand the cup to all markets via a Kickstarter campaign that has already jumped past its initial goal of $10,000. The popularity of the campaign indicates that the idea will come to fruition and to a coffee shop near you.

(H/T Modern Farmer)


About the Author

Chris Campbell
Business Writer
The Food Institute

Chris focuses on fresh, canned and frozen fruit and fresh and dried vegetables for the Food Institute Report. In addition, he assists in compiling data for various Food Institute publications throughout the year. He is a proud Rutgers University alumnus with a degree in English, and has a background in web writing for a variety of industries, including legal, foodservice and small-to-medium sized businesses. In his downtime you can find him watching New York Yankees baseball, hiking, enjoying live music and spending time with his dog Kaiden. He invites you to contact him via email at to talk about anything food-related.


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