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NEXTGEN CONSORTIUM TESTS SUSTAINABLE CUP SOLUTIONS

NEXTGEN CONSORTIUM TESTS SUSTAINABLE CUP SOLUTIONS



The NextGen Consortium, which is addressing the issue of single-use food packaging waste, has announced the launch of reusable cup pilot projects in San Francisco and Palo Alto.

Two of the 12 NextGen Cup Challenge winners –CupClub and Muuse – will pilot their ‘smart’ reusable cup systems in open environments in clusters of local cafes over the coming weeks. 

The consortium said, “Live piloting offers these cup companies the opportunity to further test, learn and innovate according to the unique material, technical and operational changes necessary to facilitate a seamless and convenient transition to reusable cups for customers and companies. 

“The size and complexity of the pilots, along with the customer feedback and data captured during them, will provide valuable insights into each cup’s technical feasibility, business viability, user desirability and circular resiliency.

“Alongside participating local cafes, the City of Palo Alto will be hosting cup drop off points in a number of civic buildings downtown and the City of San Francisco has helped to facilitate connections with local businesses.”

The pilot projects build on the NextGen Consortium’s work to advance the development of alternative cup solutions through innovation and testing before scaling. 

In addition, in March 2020, two NextGen Cup Challenge winners – Footprint LLC and PTT MCC Biochem Company Limited – will also begin pilot projects in cafes in Oakland, testing their single-use cup solutions that use alternative materials for cups and cup liners that are recyclable and/or compostable.

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