Not Just Paper
Paper cups can’t be recycled because they’re not just made of paper. They’re also lined with plastic or wax to prevent liquid from leaking through the cup.
Recycle Sleeves as Cardboard
Cardboard sleeves are recyclable and should be disposed of with other cardboard products.
Lids Are Plastic
Coffee cup lids are made from plastic. Find out what to do with plastic lids.
Straws Are Plastic
Straws are generally made from plastic. Find out what to do with straws.
Keep Out of Compost
Paper-only products are compostable, but paper cups will leave plastic in the soil, which is toxic to insects and animals.
Ways to Reduce
Drink Coffee at the Shop
Whenever possible, ask for a reusable mug or glass and enjoy your beverage at the coffee shop without creating waste.
Save $0.10 Bringing Your Own at Starbucks
If you bring your own travel mug or coffee cup to Starbucks you’ll get 10 cents off your cup of coffee. Rewards members also receive additional rewards for bringing a reusable cup.
Ways to Reuse
Reusable Packaging For Businesses
Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether.