The HyO-Cup, or the Gourd Project, is an attempt to create a sustainable alternative to the disposable coffee cup by design studio Crème.
These 100 per cent biodegradable cups and flasks are grown from gourd plants and made within inside custom 3D-printed moulds. The vessels come in two different shapes, a flask and a cup. Brooklyn-based design studio Crème uses home-grown vegetables to create the biodegradable cups, which go by the name HyO-Cup. The studio claims that these cups can be manufactured on a mass scale – offering a more environmentally friendly alternative to paper coffee cups, which are typically lined with unsustainable plastic polyethylene.