Cutting down on plastic waste: Compostable party cup developed by Brown University student

The cups are made from corn instead of plastic and can be composted in 40 to 60 days.

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – It’s a common sight at many social gatherings: the single use plastic cup.  While they serve their purpose at parties, the trouble comes when the party is over.

Brown University student Priya Mittal says, “I was walking through Brown’s campus to get to a fellowship meeting and saw campus greens just polluted and trash cans overflowing with these red party cups.”

Mittal researched single use plastic cups and found that despite the recycling logo on the bottom of the cup, most facilities will not accept them.  Mittal’s newly launched company Fette produces cups that can be composted instead.

Mittal says, “Fette cups are 100% plant based.  They’re made out of corn, and they break down in 40 to 60 days.”

The cups are made in America and are mostly distributed on college campuses for now.

Mittal says, “We launched our products at Brown, Yale, and Duke Universities.  We actually sold out within a couple of hours, which was really exciting.”

Mittal also points out the see-through design is intentional, so party-goers can see what’s in their cup and make sure it hasn’t been tampered with in an effort to cut down on sexual assault.

Mittal says, “We recognize that we’re not going to single-handedly solve that issue, but we do believe that transparent cups are a really important first step in having agency over your body.”

They’re hoping to expand to more colleges, and down the road they may consider branching out to provide other compostable single use items like straws and utensils.

It’s important to note that the cups do need to be composted in an industrial composting facility.

If you want to learn more about Fette, visit their website:

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