Biodegradable coffee cups - grown from fruit

In a bid to reduce plastic waste, architecture and design firm Creme has created biodegradable coffee cups that are ‘grown’ from fruit. The reusable cups are made from the fruit gourds, which are grown inside 3D printing moulds to make them into a coffee-cup shape. 

These cups are still in the design phase and not currently for sale, but the company has had inquiries from firms in the UK and around the world. 

Creme business manager Tania Kaufmann: “The inspiration actually came from how the Japanese grow their watermelons. They are grown in moulds into a square shape so they are easily transported and stackable, so we thought we might be able to grow gourds similarly using moulds in the shape of cups and flasks.”

“Creme identified gourds as a fast-growing plant which bears robust fruits each season, developing a strong outer skin, and fibrous inner flesh. Once dried, gourds have historically been used by our ancestors as receptacles like cups.”

She added that the company explored the method of using 3D moulds to grow them, including cups and flasks to develop “renewable and compostable products without waste”. 


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