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Starballs

Razvan
Razvan
56. Rank6.82 Rating39 Ratings25 Comments3140 ViewsSubmitted on May 24, 2010

The Concept   We like behavior changing ideas. This will always be the most difficult, yet the most rewarding task. Our revolutionary project wants to change to way people consume coffee, taking the challenge of this contest to another level.   We have designed a new receptacle for coffee, but more than this, we offer you a new way to store and drink it. This is the reason why we consider this project a step towards the future high-tech society. The progress has a good side and a bad side, but emphasizing its positive side, we came up with a solution that is wonderfully adapted to the high-speed development rhythm of our world.   The joy of life comes in small doses. Just like a sip of coffee. Just like a coffee-ball. With the new Starballs, all you have to do is relax and enjoy your coffee anywhere and anyway you like. Even if your life is on fast-forward, the coffee-balls and the reusable dispenser are a simple, reliable and effective solution for our little pleasure.   Nevertheless, remember that in each of us is a child. Let’s bring him to the light; this is the way to fight against the everyday stress and routine. The coffee-balls we designed are like the candies we used to eat when we were kids. The innovative dispenser is not only very easy to carry, but is also easy to play with and can be customized for the child in us. We offer you a wide range of options.   Your main concerns are our concerns, too. There is no need for new technologies in order to produce the coffee-balls and the dispenser. All the resources are easy to find and collect. Besides that, the biopolymers are eco-friendly and they do create a sustainable industry. So, we use edible films for the coffee-balls and biodegradable materials for the reusable dispenser.   Waste Reduction   There is practically no waste because there is no packaging. The coffee is to be found inside the edible filmed coffee-balls. The coffee-balls can be transported in large recyclable packages. The company is the only one to be involved in the recycling process. There is no risk to accidentally spill the coffee. What you get is what you drink. The coffee-balls dispenser is made from biopolymers (cellulose, starch), which are biodegradable.     Resources Required   The emerging industry of edible films and food coating allows easy access not only to the raw materials (fruit purees, milk proteins, starch, fats), but also to the end products, used to make the coffee-balls. The edible films can be produced in a wide variety of flavours, colours and textures. The consumers have different tastes. That’s why the edible films may come in different mixes of sugar and milk. The coffee-balls dispenser is made from biopolymers (cellulose, starch), which are biodegradable. Biopolymers are renewable because they are made from plant materials which can be grown year on year indefinitely. Therefore, their use would create a sustainable industry.    Capabilities   There is already a fast growing industry which produces the raw materials for the coffee-balls: edible films and food coating. This industry has shown a spectacular growth, from 1 million $ in 1999 to 350 million $ in 2008. The technology needed for encapsulating the fresh coffee into the edible film ball can already be found in the candy industry. The biopolymers used for producing the dispenser are renewable, because they are made from plant materials which can be grown year on year indefinitely. Therefore, their use would create a sustainable industry. In addition, biopolymers have the potential to cut carbon emissions and reduce CO2 quantities in the atmosphere. This makes them close to carbon neutral.    The Whole Experience   A revolutionary idea for the way people will consume coffee. In a society dominated by stress and routine we bring back the childhood joy. The coffee-balls look like the candies we used to eat when we were kids, and the dispenser is more like a toy and can be customized for the child in you. We offer a reliable and effective solution for carrying the coffee in our fast-forward lives. Our revolutionary project is a step towards the future high-tech society. In addition, it is adapted to the high-speed development rhythm of our world, emphasizing the positive side of progress. The joy of life comes in small doses.
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