Using QR RFID tagging and the IoT, Globelet allows cafes and customers to connect their reusable cups, bottles and serveware to the Globelet network. They can swap any reusable container for a new one or get a Globelet one for free. Once finished, they can throw the container in any city rubbish bin and receive back credits.
Globelet cities works by providing cafes with free RFID chips. The customer just has to subscribe, and than throw their product in a regular bin or return it to a participating retailer. Retailers subscribe to the service, and Globelet does all the work of recycling and reusing. The combination of RFID and IoT technology allows Globelet to track individual cups and reward their users for being in the system. Tested in New Zealand and Australia for over 5 years in 2017 the Globelet team plans to expand the approach to another scourge of environmentalists everywhere – USA and Asia.
With billions of coffee cups, bottles of water and serveware discarded each year, and most reuse schemes notable only for not working, a number of recent projects are helping find ways to make the entire product supply chain more sustainable.