Building Better Coffee Cups

Dateline – Boston: Coffee shops compete at a high level. That explains why there are so manyStarbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts in the Hub.

Can they ever come together, ever, for a good cause? Yes. And it also might be good for business.

Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts joined with Tim Hortons in April to try to create a sustainable container. That’s an environmentally sound coffee cup to us. In 2010, styrofoam is headed for replacement once a replacement is found. A new generation of coffee cup must be recyclable, cheap and keep coffee hot.

Paper cups as an alternative? Not quite, once you do the math: 20 million trees + 12 billion gallons of water = the 58 billion paper cups we use annually. Other options could have issues regarding what materials can touch food, and problems with mass production.

Perhaps, one day, you will be able to match the perfect cup to the flowers at your wedding. Apparently coffee bars are becoming more popular at weddings.

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