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How this winning team is taking plastic cups out of the landfill and into the compost pile


The red plastic cup has become synonymous with good times, popping up at picnics, parties, and tailgates all over the country. But single-use plastics are coming under scrutiny for their negative impact on the environment.

Team Zero, composed of four TCNJ seniors, is on a mission to bring to market a comparable, but compostable version, of the beloved beverage receptacle. As the winners of this year’s annual Mayo Business Plan Competition, the team is well on their way thanks to the $30,000 grand prize.

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Blue and green cups with a spoon made out of the new biodegradable plastic.