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Live from the 2010 Cup Summit

Starting Thursday, April 22 we’re convening our second cup summit. In order to reach our goal of ensuringthat 100% of our cups are reusable or recyclable by 2015, we’ve invited people from all over the industry to discuss potential solutions.

We’re including city recyclers, government leaders, raw material suppliers, NGOs, academic experts, cup manufacturers, and other retail and beverage businesses.

We want to have an open and honest discussion about the entire paper and plastic cup ecosystem. We believe waste from the paper cup can be considerably reduced if we all work together on this issue.

To encourage an open discussion among attendees, we’re keeping the meeting closed. However, we want to incorporate your questions and ideas in the dialogue. To do so, we’re hosting a live chat with Jim Hanna, our recycling expert at Starbucks, and Peter Senge, senior lecturer at MIT and founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning.

To view a recording of Jim Hanna's live chat please click here.

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    • walkingbiscuit
    • 10/8/2010 10:02 AM

    Has anyone considered a reusable sleeve that cups slide into? This is more than a sleeve, as it is essentially a full cup that has no contact with the drinks. It eliminates the sleeve, double cupping, and the washing or filling of cups brought on property and makes great sense. I noted the new sleeve that has recently come out, but let's go one step further-I would be happy to invest in this product.

    • admin admin
    • 10/12/2010 10:57 AM

    Walkingbiscuit, as a matter of fact, reusable cup sleeves are being sold in Starbucks now! You can read more about them at

    • OldSchatterhand
    • 10/28/2010 7:23 PM

    I have a great concern: My wife has recently been diagnosed with ****** cancer. We are now going through everything in our household and figure out what is still ok to use from a health prospective. Now I happen to find out that all the plastic Starbucks mug/cups are made of plastic with the recycle # 7. I read in reputable reports that this poly carbonate leaches BPA. Is that really true for Starbucks gear. Please advise.

    • admin admin
    • 10/29/2010 1:50 PM

    Hi, OldSchatterhand – thanks for bringing your concern to us. We’re committed to providing safe, high-quality products. The reusable containers we sell are not made from plastics where there is a BPA risk as you describe. The #7 resin identification code is used for a number of plastics categorized as “Other” for recycling purposes. Although polycarbonate is a #7, so are other plastics free of concerns for BPA. If you find an item in one of our stores with a #7 on it, please rest assured that it is not a plastic manufactured with BPA. Another resource you may find helpful is, which explains how the number codes are used and what they mean. We hope this eases your concern – and we also send our very best wishes to you and your wife in her fight.

    • pleasantashes
    • 11/22/2010 4:17 AM

    What if your plastic cups are made from corn and are biodegradable. Eco Products makes a brand Called Green Stripe. I have used them and they seem just like regular plastic, but they aren't. They are completely compostable.

    • Seanyoo77
    • 11/22/2010 10:21 AM

    what if your plastic cups made out of natural resource but corn. something is not related with food commodity and still 100% green product which can do recycle and compostable. this cup don't need the seperate process on recycling stage. it means you can recycle this cup with any papers not only cups.. it will give you better way and wider way for the recycle campaign. i believe you will have higher percentage of recycle, otherwise this will compostable.

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