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Starbucks White Cup Contest 

“The cups are such a great canvas because you can try an abstract design and just keep adding to it,” said Briar Waterman, creative director for Starbucks digital team. “The design variations can be infinite.”

Waterman said he’s inspired by the creativity he sees throughout the Starbucks social community with cup art that’s been posted on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. People are already experimenting with different mediums, and he suggests they should “turn up the volume” on their creativity with this contest.

“The iconic white cup is our billboard,” Hanna [Starbucks director of environmental impact] said “and the reusable cup is an important component of our overall waste reduction strategy.”

Starbucks $1 reusable cup, designed to look like the company’s paper cups, debuted in January of 2013. The plastic cup is sturdier than paper, but thinner than a typical tumbler with a lifespan of about 30 uses. The cups have interior lines to denote a "tall" or "grande" size. Customers receive a dime discount for each refill in the cup, so it pays for itself after 10 uses. And, baristas will clean the reusable cups for customers with a boiling-water rinse before each refill.

Here's a look at some of the nearly 4,000 entries. See the Pinterest page for more. 

On June 23 they announced the winner of the contest. Brita Lynn Thompson, a 20-year-old community college student in Pittsburgh is getting noticed for her doodling as the winner of the Starbucks White Cup Contest. Brita’s winning design will be available this fall on a limited edition Starbucks reusable plastic cup. Here's her design. 



Pharrell Williams & G-Star Creates Jeans From Ocean Trash (video)

Are we seeing a trend here? Musicians partnering with companies to create up-cycled and re-purposed goods for the good of the environment. On Monday we just posted about and his 3-D printer that makes products from plastic bottles. And today we have Pharrell and his ocean trash denim line, G-Star Raw For The Oceans. Check it out...

RAW FOR THE OCEANS is a G-Star collaboration with Bionic Yarn, owned by Pharrell Williams, and the Vortex Project. Together we will make a sustainable collection from recycled ocean plastic.

Jun302014 & Coca-Cola Unveil 3D Printer That Makes Items From Used Bottles (video) introduces the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer. The EKOCYCLE Cube is not just another tool for making, it is a revolutionary tool for RE-making, and encourages and helps us to change the way we think about recycling by transforming post-consumer waste into new and beautiful objects.

Each machine is pre-loaded with 25 patterns, allowing you to print phone cases, bracelets, vases, bird houses, robots and shoes, just to name a few. The machine has a limited color palette though, with only the options of printing in red, black, white and natural. 

The printer is now available for purchase through 3D Systems. It is priced at USD$1,199 and will be shipped in the second half of 2014. 

H/T: Design Taxi


Coca-Cola Gives "2nd Lives" In Asia (video)

Plastic waste is a huge problem in the world today, especially in Southeast Asian countries where plastic waste has been an ongoing problem. By upcycling plastic soda bottles, we can give a second life to what would otherwise be landfill junk.

 "2nd Lives" is a great initiative started by Coca-Cola but in reality is a second life for any plastic bottle.  The set of 16 screw on sprayers, marker tips, pencil sharpeners, pumps and other useful objects that can be attached to the top of any plastic soda bottle will be distributed for free starting in Vietnam then to the rest of Asia . It would be amazing to see this rolled out globally. 




Solar Streets (video)

New Roadways May Ditch Asphalt for Energy-Generating Sunshine Collectors

 H/T: Take Part


The Drinkable Book (video)

The Drinkable Book cleans and purifies water with advanced filtering paper and can provide safe drinking water for millions of people around the world.

A team of scientists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia have developed ‘the drinkable book’, a life saving tool that filters water and teaches proper sanitation and hygiene to those in the developing world. designed by New York-based typographer Brian Gartside for non-profit organization Water is Life, each book is printed on technologically advanced filter paper capable of eliminating deadly waterborne diseases, as it is coated with silver nanoparticles, whose ions actively kill diseases like cholera, typhoid and E.coli.

Each sheet costs pennies to produce. And each book is enough for 1 month of clean water, each sheet filtering 100 liters of water. 

Now it's time to get these books out to the world! 




Hive-Inn, A Modular Hotel Concept

We know that customization is key to future developments. We have seen it in furniture, office space, fashion and even in mobile technology. Hive-Inn by Ova Studios is taking this concept one step further to architecture. This hospitality competition brief from the Radical Innovation Award was clear: "BOLD NEW THINKING + PROBLEM SOLVING + BEAUTIFUL DESIGN + REVENUE GENERATING IDEAS. The result, The Hive-Inn. Presented as a hotel, The Hive-Inn is comprised of storage containers that can be moved to create unique and workable spaces as needed.  

The shipping containers can be removed or inserted depending on the hotel’s needs, and its grid structure means a container can be taken out or put back without affecting the containers above or below it. 

This could be the future of architecture. It's cost efficient and sustainable as it re-purposes shipping containers and has the flexibility to house a variety of businesses. We know it works. Just take a look at the couple in Brooklyn NY that built their entire house from shipping containers.  


Dupé, Pop-Up Shop Sells Bottled Organic Air and Moonlight (video)

At  ‘Dupé’, “All our products are untouched by man and captured straight from the source. When you choose Dupé, you’re choosing the most fresh and organic money can buy.” Would you buy bottles organic air or a jar of positive thoughts? Or rather, are you buying this clever marketing gimmick? 

This is actually a marketing gimmick from Australian water-supplying company Yarra Valley Water.  The products and pop-up shop shows how ridiculous buying bottled water is, by comparing it to purchasing other natural resources that are freely available—encouraging patrons to use and drink tap water instead. 

According to the company in the video description: “You can get 6,000 glasses of tap water for the same cost as a bottle of water.”