CASE STUDY: CO-CREATIVE INNOVATION
SUSTAINABLE CUP CHALLENGE PIONEERING THE SUSTAINABLE CUP MODEL IN NEW YORK CITY
IN A NUTSHELL
To find a solution to reduce the 8 million to-go coffee cups that were being thrown away in New York city in 2014 every day.
During the engagement, various commercial options were explored. Several prototypes were validated and resulted in the launch of the pilot “Good To Go”, a revolutionary cup sharing system.
million single-use cups daily
years to decompose
percent success rate among other cup initiatives
New York, a coffee-loving city, throws away 8 million single-use coffee cups every day – most of which end up in landfills. Since these cups contain a high degree of plastic, they will take up to 1000 years to decompose. Reusable coffee cup initiatives had tried to address the problem, but they were limited to individual chains, making them low-impact and low convenience. They accounted for less than 1 percent of market share. None of the individual stakeholders, including waste management entities, customers, coffee chains etc. had had success in solving the problem.
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Over 1500 high impact individuals applied to participate in the challenge, after which a select group was invited to New York City. Using The DO Method and guidance from DO School facilitators, the group brought together all relevant stakeholders to co-create an innovative solution that generated value for all.
“Everyone from The DO School has done a fantastic job conceiving of the project, executing the details behind it and helping us launch the program”.
President of the Brooklyn Roasting Company
Coffee chains saved on the high cost of single-use cups – which is one of the most expensive factors of production. Sasdas Sadasdas asdasda asddasdadasasd
Customers benefit from reduced prices made possible by a loyalty program. Since the cost of the cup gets deducted from the price, the beverage becomes cheaper.
City waste management has much fewer throw-away cups to deal with because a circular economy has been created that benefits the environment. Das ashasdjasdjad
THE CUP CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“With this new system, fellows are looking to not only transform the to-go cup but also help the city, and later the world, with its waste”
“A simple fix for cutting down on New York’s enormous waste stream of to-go coffee cups involves returning your cup when you’re done”.