01 Jan CupClub – An Innovative Scheme Fighting Coffee Cup Waste using RFID and IoT Technology.
Over 40 billion single-use cups are thrown out every year across the US and Europe, this represents a huge waste issue that needs to be addressed. CupClub is aiming to solve this problem by creating a reusable coffee cup service.
Participating retailers stock cups, made of plant-based-plastic and give them to CupClub members when they buy coffee. The member can then “return” the cup to a number of locations around the city, the cups are then collected, washed and redistributed to the participating stores. The technology comes in as each cup is RFID tagged and registered to an account, CupClub can charge the members if they don’t return the cup
Find out more about the scheme here.