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Collapsible coffee cup solves a trashy problem

Collapsible coffee cup solves a trashy problem

| July 24, 2014

The new Smash Cup is smashing up traditional notions of reusable coffee cups. Convenient, lightweight, collapsible—what’s not to like? We know, we know—this is the second coffee cup-related post in two weeks. Think that’s excessive? How’s this for excessive: in America alone, 23 billion paper cups are thrown away each year. Yes, that’s billion with […]

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A (seriously) green coffee cup

A (seriously) green coffee cup

| July 17, 2014

Let’s start this story with some eye-opening statistics. Starbucks uses four billion coffee cups per year. Of those four billion cups, Starbucks is ony able to recycle 39 percent of them. That’s less than four in ten cups. Why so low? They’re made of paper, right? Well, yes, they are—but paper doesn’t contain liquid very […]

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Extended producer responsibility may increase recycling rates

Extended producer responsibility may increase recycling rates

| July 19, 2013

So far, the government has taken the lead in encouraging consumers to recycle, with initiatives like curbside recycling, drop-off centers, and refund programs. However, experts believe extended producer responsibility could significantly increase the percentage of recycling in the United States. Following this strategy, corporate America (and not the government) will be responsible for recycling post-consumer waste. Packaging […]

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