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A Coat for Your Coffee February 28, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Eco/Green.
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I love my Starbucks coffee: grande two pump vanilla cappuccino. While Starbucks certainly takes great strides to do their part to offset any negative environmental impacts that their operations create, I often wonder about the waste created by those little pesky cardboard cup sleeves and the cups themselves.

One way that Starbucks is trying to make a difference is by using paper products that contain a minimum of 30% post-consumer content. However, did you know that if you bring your own mug, they will give you a $0.10 discount. If bringing your own mug seems like a hassle, then at least consider not using the cardboard cup sleeve. I know that without that sleeve your hand is more than likely going to catch fire, so I’m going to provide you with an eco-chic alternative. I was reading about a company called Cup Couture who make CupCoats, “High Fashion Thermal Sleeves for Paper Cups”. I’m a big fan of the Heather and the Angelina. Not only are they reusable and stylish, they also act as an insulator keeping that hot beverage hotter for longer.

For a closer to home perspective, check out a story they ran on the local news last night about the amount of trash that we create as individuals and how it all adds up. Their story puts a new spin on an ever growing problem.  It’s all about the baby steps: doing just one thing, no matter how small, can eventually make a big impact.

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