The Story

When our team looked into plastic waste generated from single-use cups, we found that more than 146 trillion cups end up in landfills every year, most of which will still be on our planet 500 years from now. After conducting market research, we also found that single-use cups used by most local businesses are either non-biodegradable or have a PLA lining. PLA, although biodegradable, must be sent to a commercial facility in order to be successfully disposed of; however, PLA often ends up in landfills instead, polluting the Earth like other harmful materials.

After learning about the harms of single-use coffee cups on the environment, our team decided to take action and start BioBev, a company that provides businesses with an environmentally-friendly alternative to the cups they currently use. BioBev was created in September 2019 and started participating in entrepreneurship competitions the following February, working to raise seed funding.

About Us

BioBev is a student-led company that aims to provide an alternative for non-biodegradable cups in order to reduce waste. Our product is a naturally biodegradable cup with a rippled exterior. As environmentally-conscious students, it is hard to disregard the prominent climate and environmental crisis that is currently being faced. Although various environmental issues have gained attraction in the media, our team noticed that businesses and customers have many misconceptions about “biodegradable” single-cups.

The lack of awareness by consumers regarding usage of single-use cups led us, BioBev, to design a fully naturally-biodegradable single-use cup. The concept of a fully biodegradable cup in the natural environment is completely new. “Biodegradable” cups that are currently being sold in the market have a plastic lining in the interior, which means that they have to be sent to a special facility to be further broken down. However, most cups are not sorted correctly and end up in landfills instead, where they biodegrade slowly like other plastics.

Our mission is to integrate sustainability into daily life, starting from the cups that people drink out of. By designing and distributing environmentally-friendly cups in an accessible and affordable manner to local beverage shops, we hope to transform our community one cup at a time.

Our Team

Anna Grace

Organization Director

Matthew Shen

Chief Technology Officer

Margaret Xiao

Chief Financial Officer

Riley Stern

Social Media Manager

Sarah Zhang

Researcher

Yatharth Sharma

Researcher

Sruthi Subramanian

Marketing and Outreach

Kevin Xiong

Marketing and Outreach

Amanda Diao

Marketing and Outreach