The Papercup Challenge

Honorable Mention

The Papercup Challenge The Papercup Challenge is an exciting way in getting community members of all age classes and backgrounds to join in a mutual cause for a greener society. The Papercup Challenge requires a participating community member to grow a plant seed in a paper cup and care for it until a certain time. The plant can be exchanged for a new Papercup Kit at the community hall once the challenge is complete. Community member can opt for harder-to-grow seeds such as from seasonal veggies and rare flowers after completing the Starter Kit Papercup Challenge, and upgrade to Moderate and Hard Kits. The plants from completed challenges can be grown in community garden or planted around the neighborhood to enhance its landscape quality. The increasing level of challenge and a variety of seeds to choose from makes the Papercup Challenge exciting and sustainable by developing horticulture interests among the community members.

19 comments

over 1 year ago

If this is an original Malaysian idea, it can be transplanted elsewhere in the world. good job.

over 1 year ago

In Korea, they give seed (cabbage seed) so you can plant it and make it grow..seed is a symbol of life..

over 1 year ago

Thank you for the comment Anthony. Yes it is! The papercup challenge is a fun way to get the community to participate in creating a greener neighborhood :)

about 1 year ago

Love the idea, try focusing your main targets on school students and senior citizens to kick start this program and let it grow slowly to other groups. Just a friendly comment, good luck. :)

about 1 year ago

according to Jabatan Penerangan, Malaysia is going to plant 26 million tree in 2014

http://pmr.penerangan.gov.my/index.php/component/content/article/325-info-ringkas/6360-kempen-tanam-26-juta-pokok.html

Papercup might help to turn the government mega project become simple and easy to implement.

about 1 year ago

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the comment. That'd be a great approach in getting those two classes to spend their time in a more beneficial way. Will do, and thanks a lot on behalf of the team!

Hi Kim,

Looking forward for collaboration with them. If the Papercup is to be applied at a large scale, Malaysia will be receiving daily supplies of various plants. Maybe we'll be able to double that target! Thanks for the info, by the way!

about 1 year ago

I love papercup. :)

about 1 year ago

consider higher value crops used, which can make some form of income to sustain this project. This project though is low in cost might not sustain itself. so what if the price money runs out. what we do then?

about 1 year ago

Hello Chunnn (that's a lot of 'n' there :D)

Thanks for your comment.

When the papercup seedlings are sent to the community center for evaluation at the end of each challenge, the seedlings will be transferred to the community garden (if available) to be grown to commercial age. This is especially true for veggie crops (salad, okra, spinach etc) and fruit crops (tomatoes, chili, eggplants etc). The products from these crops can either be sold or consumed by the community members.

For flowers bulbs and commercial crops, in this case the oil palm, once grown, they will be transferred to polybags and sold to either interested parties, plant nurseries and local authority to be planted around the vicinity to enhance the neighborhood/city or in plantations for cultivation. This way, the papercup project will generate profit to ensure the its sustainability.

Referring to the government's project above; if they sub the sowing works to third party contractor, it will cause a lot. But if they collect seedlings from the Papercup Challenge project, the overall cost will be lessen from the volunteer works involved, and therefore it's a win-win situation in both sides.

about 1 year ago

All the best guys! Would love to see more lush greens and outdoor parks than another shopping mall. Hopefully with your effort there will be! :)

about 1 year ago

Thank you for your support, Safinaz! :)

about 1 year ago

Hey everyone! Our FB page is up and running now! Join us at https://www.facebook.com/ThePapercupChallenge for more info about this project and to leave your feedback to us.

And don't forget to vote for us! :D

about 1 year ago

Interesting.All the best guys!lets go green and now everyone can plant.Awesome.

about 1 year ago

Hey thanks Azfar! :DD

about 1 year ago

Dear all,

FYI, before the initiation of this project, I have tested the applicability and the ease of implementation at my home in Tronoh. I have land around the house but then again it was not fertile. So I had to buy fertilizer (and create some from compose) to fertilize the land. In the mean time, I grew seedlings in polystyrene and paper cups. When I observed their growth, somewhat, deep inside I felt happy. It's that feeling you get when you accomplish something.

Somewhere along the line, I realize that polystyrene cups were not the best choice. It's just not environmentally friendly enough. So I opted for paper cups. At the 'pasar malam' (night market) around here, I collected many used paper cups and expanded my little seedling nursery. And it occurred to me -- what if everyone does this? There'll be a future for all the used paper cups, and there will be a lot of plants, and there will be a lot of happy people.

And that was how the project was born.

Just to share the products of my paper cup seedlings, please click on this link or copy them to your address bar and hit enter: http://www.mightyjacksparrow.com/2012/12/gardening-hot-update.html

This is the result from me alone. Imagine if at least 25% of Malaysia population implements this. Our food security will not be an issue. There will be sunflowers here and there. Orchids get cultivated like nobody's business. It's be a healthier and prettier country.

I thank those who have voted for us on behalf of the team, for your trust and confidence in our project.

Let's go green. Vote for the Papercup Challenge. Now everyone can plant! :D

about 1 year ago

Nazmi and the team,

I was about to comment on the usage of the polystyrene cup. then i realized that my only concern has been addressed. (on using paper cups from pasar malam instead of polystyrene).

Kudos on the bright idea and all the best for the challenge!

about 1 year ago

Thank you so much Adzim! :)

about 1 year ago

voted. :)

about 1 year ago

Thank you for your support, Syahirah! :D

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