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Eco-Challenge #5: Coffee Cup Conundrum

11.09.09 Eco-Challenge #5: Coffee Cup Conundrum

Jack enjoys his Starbucks

Feeling refreshed and ready to get back to the Eco-challenge after a week off. It’s a good thing because this challenge is going to be the toughest one yet! Here it is...

MightyNest Eco-challenge #5 – NO paper coffee cups for 1 week!

As you may already know, I’m 100% addicted to Starbucks.  I need 2 venti mochas per day – once in the morning and once in the late afternoon or evening. That’s two cups, two lids, two sleeves every single day! 

And that's just me. There are lots of others out there with the same addiction. According to this post on Green Daily, Starbucks customers “go through 2 billion -- that's BILLION with a "B" for bad -- cups a year.”  That’s a lot of cups!!!

Looks like Starbucks is working on greening their cups – but not for a while. On their site it says by 2015, 100 percent of their cups will be reusable or recyclable.    They even held a 2009 Cup Summit at their headquarters earlier this year, bringing together thought leaders to brainstorm a recyclable cup solution. Sounds like a ton of fun.

But since I’m not waiting until 2015 for my next mocha – I’m going to give the reusable mugs a try.

This week I’ll be trying out two new coffee mugs from MightyNest. The Raya Stainless Steel Tumbler by Thermos and the very fancy Fashion Tumbler – also by Thermos. Will let you know what I think at the end of the week!  

Wish me luck!

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