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Frappuccino Weather Equals More Plastic Waste

I usually grab a cup of coffee when I’m at work. They fill my ceramic mug so I feel like it’s an alright indulgence. Not really (at all) 100 Mile but at least it’s zero waste. The garbage outside of the Starbucks is always filled with recyclabes. It’s a little worse now that the weather has warmed up. It’s Frappuccino time and with it more plastic waste.

There is a recycling bin just inside the door. I sometimes feel compelled to take a few of them out and put them into the recycling bin. Then I wash my hands. Thoroughly.

I do have a few suggestions if you really want a Frappuccino. There are some really cool reusable cold cups out there. How about the new Starbucks stainless steel cold cup? It even has a stainless steel straw.

Or… a co-worker suggested using a paper cup instead.  And then recycle it. It’s still waste but it will cut down on the plastic. She told me that it’s a great way to avoid puddles of condensation on whatever surface you rest it on.

Are you a Frappuccino fan? I kinda like them every once in a while. They are expensive and can really pack in the calories if you aren’t careful. So enjoy carefully!


p.s. did you know Starbucks now has chocolate whipped cream??

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like. -Will Rogers

“The things you own end up owning you.” – Tyler Durden (Fight Club)


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


4 thoughts on “Frappuccino Weather Equals More Plastic Waste

  1. While I used to enjoy the occasional summer frappucino, since I am abstaining from dairy I have not had one this year – but I hear they are making a non-dairy version, which I might have to try. 😉 Just an FYI that the paper cups at Starbucks actually have an inner liner of plastic – my inner hippie died a little bit when I learned that little tidbit.


    So unfortunately, there is really no great disposable alternative – so I try to bring my own cup or go without!

    ps. that stainless steel Starbucks cup is hawt.

    Posted by Erin | May 28, 2012, 9:26 am
  2. Starbucks really does try, don’t they? 🙂

    Posted by Jennifer | June 1, 2012, 7:14 am


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