Here's What Happened To Loliware After Shark Tank

Over the course of 14 seasons, we've seen countless innovative products, from creative new foods on "Shark Tank" like mushroom jerky, to helpful "Shark Tank" kitchen tools like Scrub Daddy. However, every once in a while, the show features a product that finds a way to combine kitchen tools and food into one.

Perhaps the best example of this is Loliware cups, which appeared on Season 7 of "Shark Tank." According to Shark Tank Tales, entrepreneurs Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker pitched their idea for edible, biodegradable cups. Talk about a tasty way to keep plastic out of the oceans!

Briganti and Tucker asked for an investment of $150k in exchange for 10% of the business. After much squabbling on the sharks' part, Loliware walked away with a deal of $600k for 25% equity, as well as a partnership with Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran. So, where is Loliware today?

The story behind Loliware's edible cups

According to CNBC, Loliware co-founder Chelsea Briganti was born and raised in Hawaii. After seeing firsthand what plastic and other non-degradable products were doing to the oceans, Briganti got to work on developing a plastic alternative that would essentially "disappear."

Briganti met Leigh Ann Tucker in 2010, and together, they created Loliware cups. Per Shark Tank Products, Loliware cups are made from fruits and veggies, seaweed, and organic sweeteners, and come in several flavors. As such, Loliware cups are both edible and biodegradable, meaning they won't contribute to the pollution of oceans. Furthermore, seaweed is highly sustainable, unlike some of the materials used to make traditional plastic cups.

At the time of Loliware's pitch on "Shark Tank" in 2015, the company hoped to expand its line to other party supplies, like straws and utensils (via Shark Tank Tales). However, with Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran's help, the company seems to have gone in a different direction in recent years.

Where is Loliware today?

If you were to look at Loliware's Instagram page, you would immediately notice that the company hasn't posted about its edible cups in quite some time – since 2018, actually. Instead, Loliware seems to have been focusing its efforts not on edible utensils, but rather, solely on biodegradable ones.

The Loliware website is currently dedicated only to the company's "Blue Carbon" straw, a biodegradable alternative to plastic straws. To make its straws, Loliware processes seaweed — known as "blue carbon" for its ability to absorb carbon in the oceans — into pellets, which it then uses to make straws. Although these straws aren't exactly edible, they can decompose, therefore eliminating waste.

As noted by Shark Tank Blog, the company's social media pages were inactive between 2019 and 2021. Today, despite a newly redesigned website and frequent social media updates, Loliware doesn't seem to actually have any products for sale. Perhaps we'll see a product launch in the near future.