The Launch of the Red Solo Cup Project on the Johns Hopkins Campus

Thursday

February 27th, 2020

We are so excited to have collected 2560 Solo cups in our first month from 4 different student organizations that joined our program. We are currently bringing on 4 more student organizations and trying to increase our processing capacity. To donate cups, check out the 'Red Solo Cup Project' tab above.

2020

Work by Textile Artist Isabel Oliva in Collaboration with The New Norm

Wednesday

February 26th, 2020

Isabel Oliva is a Fiber major at MICA and an incredible textile designer. We are so excited to be collaborating with her and weaving pieces on the TC2 Jacquard loom with our recycled Solo cup filament. The digital loom allows one to weave graphic designs directly on to a piece of fabric. On the left, we've included a photo of our sample being woven. Excited to share the final product soon!

To check out Isabel's work, visit https://www.behance.net/gallery/92422285/Digital-Weaving-Portfolio.

2020

Winners of Princeton's TigerLaunch NYC Regional Competition

Saturday

February 8th, 2020

Thank you to Princeton's TigerLaunch and Columbia's Core for hosting us this weekend. We are very excited to be heading to the finals this April. It was inspiring to be surrounded by such innovative start-ups and get advice from the impressive panel of judges. 

The Johns Hopkins Materials Science and Engineering department has written a more comprehensive article. For more information, check out https://engineering.jhu.edu/materials/2020/02/10/mat-sci-seniors-upcycling-project-is-making-success-the-new-norm-in-2020/#.XkK_LFNKj_Q

2020

Cheers to 2019

Friday

December 27th, 2019

We have woven our first sample fabric! It is made from our recycled Solo cup filament woven alongside cotton/bamboo yarn. In the spring, we will attempt to make fabric that is 100% recycled materials. 

We thank you all for following our journey.

For more updates, please read a letter from our founder.

2019

The Red Solo Cup Project

Friday

November 30th, 2019

After a week of intense voting, our pilot program - The Red Solo Cup Project - placed 2nd for the Johns Hopkins Sustainability Grant with 880 votes. This year brought in a record number of votes. We'd like to thank everyone who voted for our project. We will receive $2,500 to start this program in the spring semester. 

 

Check out our Red Solo Cup Project tab above to sign up if you are interested in donating cups next semester. 

 

Also, to the right is a photo of our hair-like filament samples made from Red + Blue,  Blue, Blue + Green, and Green solo cups.

2019

Red Solo Cups...Who knew?

Friday

October 4th, 2019

This was an incredible day for our team.

 

We used red and blue solo cups (made from polystyrene) and were extremely successful! 

We produced a consistent line of beautiful violet-colored filament. 

We're very excited for this development - now the real fun can start. ;) 

2019

What a summer!

Wednesday 

August 7, 2019

This summer, I was able to work on our project full time - it was the most rewarding, frustrating, adrenaline-producing experience.

I'm very excited to announce we have a working machine! The prototype is always grumpy and moody - we have lots to work with this coming fall semester. We will keep you posted on the improvements and new parts of our manufacturing process!

-Lauren

2019

Wrapping Up Spring Semester

Saturday

May 18th, 2019

What a semester~

We've come such a long way since the beginning of the year. We have assembled all the parts of our single screw extrusion machine. We are designing an apparatus that will stretch and cool our filament. We will spend the summer running tests to figure out how this alters the mechanical properties of the filament. 

We're excited to team up with textile specialists to begin weaving samples!

Thanks again everyone for making this possible.

2019

Participating in the National Academy of Engineering's Global Grand Challenges Summit

Friday

April 19th, 2019

We are very grateful to have participated in the NAE's Global Grand Challenges Summit

"The event convened inspirational world leaders with the next generation of engineers and changemakers to build creative collaborations and solve the grand challenges facing our future world of 10 billion people." 

We presented our work and got to see other colleges' ideas on how we can sustain our ever-growing population. 

We are excited to be sending our founder to the summit in London in the fall.

2019

Featured on The Crowd TV: Episode 2

Female Entrepreneurs

Sunday

March 24th, 2019

Watch our founder and 7 other inspiring female entrepreneurs talk about their emerging ventures on The Crowd TV.

Minute: 4:50

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTOPd5dFgnE&feature=youtu.be

2019

2019

Winners of the January $2,500 Amber Grant

Friday

February 15th, 2019

We are very grateful to have received the Amber Grant for this month.

We are going to use this money to continue modifying and improving our prototype. We believe we are close to producing a filament that could be woven to make fabric. If you are an experienced weaver in the Baltimore area and would like to get involved, email Lchoi7@jhu.edu.

 

We are now qualified to receive an end of the year grant of $25,000!

Please vote for our team (all you have to do is press the button): https://ambergrantsforwomen.com/voting/?fbclid=IwAR2EIO4gVFz2L0VXH-1FFryQgPB4Drin0ZOY9G1QgEGK7wld0uG5evdaG9I
 

2019

Weekly Updates: Intersession Design Sprint

Wednesday 

January 23rd, 2019

We have just finished our Spring 2019 Design Sprint! During this time, our team worked on building our first prototype (a machine that extrudes plastic filament that can be woven to make materials). It took lots of hard work - we're so excited to show you our final product!

Winners of the Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures Spark Grant

2018

Wednesday

December 5th, 2018

We are excited to announce we have been awarded a $1,000.00 grant from the Johns Hopkins’ student entrepreneurship center to build our first prototype this January. This machine will take shredded up plastic water bottles and produce a filament that can later be woven into fabric.

Design Sprint

2018

Saturday

December 9th, 2018

We had a our first design sprint!

A design sprint is a lock-in in which teams set goals, research, and make efficient progress in short amounts of time. Our goal for this first design sprint was to finalize all plans for our prototype.

Stay updated for progress reports on our machine, which will be built in January.

Weekly Updates: Intersession Design Sprint

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Wednesday 

January 23rd, 2019

We have just finished our Spring 2019 Design Sprint! During this time, our team worked on building our first prototype (a machine that extrudes plastic filament that can be woven to make materials). It took lots of hard work - we're so excited to show you our final product!