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GREENING YOUR COFFEE HABIT: Ecotainer Hot Beverage Cup

Posted By Gretchen On July 22, 2006 @ 6:37 am In Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Greening your coffee [1]

America runs on coffee, and Americans are a people on the run. Every year, we drink more than 100 billion cups of coffee and of those, at least 14.4 billion are served in disposable paper to-go cups. That’s enough cups to wrap the earth 55 times!

Traditionally, those paper cups have been made with a non-renewable, non-biodegradable petrochemical plastic coating. But all that could end with the recent introduction of the new Ecotainer [2]cup from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters [3].

The Vermont-based wholesale coffee company known for its fairly traded, organic products and impressive business ethics [4], recently teamed up with International Paper [4] to launch the Ecotainer [2], an eco-friendly hot beverage cup that is fully compostable.

Instead of using petroleum, the waterproof lining of Ecotainer [2]cup is made from a corn-based bio-plastic [5]called polylactic acid, or PLA. In addition to being derived from a renewable resource, PLA will also fully biodegrade under proper conditions. According to company research, by using a these new cups Green Mountain Coffee Roasters [3] will conserve the consumption of nearly a quarter of a million pounds of petrochemical materials every year.

The Ecotainer [2]cups are currently in use only where GMRC [3] coffee is sold, but begining this fall International Paper [6] will be marketing them as a commercial product with the goal to make the Ecotainer the standard hot beverage cup of the foodservice industry. What’s more, GMCR [3] and International Paper [6] are also begining research towards developing a corn-based plastic drink lid.

So find a Green Mountain Coffee [3]merchant near you and start lobbying your local java hut (or behemoth chain – Starbucks, anyone?) to serve their own brew in Ecotainers [2], too!


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[2] Ecotainer : http://www.ecocupinfo.com/index.htm

[3] Green Mountain Coffee Roasters: http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/

[4] impressive business ethics: http://www.business-ethics.com/whats_new/100best.html#Social_Data

[5] bio-plastic : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic

[6] International Paper: http://www.internationalpaper.com/

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