Sometimes I like to go to Bed, Bath, & Beyond just to check out the plethora of randomness that they sell there a la Billy Mays (RIP).  What’s even nuttier is that they actually even *play* infomercials while you are there just to convince you that their random products are worth more than just the shiny packaging!  It’s hilarious!  One of the more interesting items I saw today happened on my *second* trip to BBnB today (that’s what J and I call it – we’re too lazy to even call it by its full name).  It was a reusable coffee mug that looked ever so slightly like this:

Starbucks Mug

Basically, it was a ceramic-ish feeling coffee mug with a Starbucks-y vibe to it.  Only the one in question (of which I cannot find a picture) even had a faux cardboard sleeve on it.  I think this definitely qualifies the “Beyond” aspect to the Bed, Bath, & BEYOND.

What’s hilarious about this whole thing is that it plays into the whole “Starbucks-cup-as-fashion-accessory” obsession currently taking over the world.  However, it’s designed for the more eco-friendly followers who understand two important things about Starbucks hot drink cups:

1)  Starbucks hot drink cups are *not* recyclable – I didn’t know this either until about a year ago when my husband who was attending graduate school at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio noticed that all of the recycling bins on campus started brandishing a sign stating, “Please do not throw away Starbucks Cups in the recycling bin as they are *not* recyclable!”  I’m pretty darn sure that they aren’t truly recyclable most places in North America, including Portland, Oregon!  Check your local recycling company, though.  I think the people who purchased the above cup did, saw the light, and went forth with their Starbucks cup fashion accessory – oodles better than a Manolo or Jimmy Choo!

2)  Taking a reusable cup to Starbucks will get you a 10 cent discount off of whatever hot (or cold) drink you buy – Do you think if the reusable cup-purchasers (photo above) bring in one of these faux-cups that Starbucks will give them a hard time for taking one of their paper cups?  Let’s hope not!  But if you are *truly* a greenie, then you won’t buy Starbucks without taking your own cup.  They really *do* give you a 10 cent discount and whether you order a Tall, Grande, or Venti, they will fill whatever vessel you give them without regard to volume!  Yet *another* reason to bring your own reusable cup.

But what the cup-buyers fail to observe is this; buying said Starbucks-ian cup will get you neither Recycling Points nor Fashion Points.  I wonder what Stacy&Clinton would say to this certain fashion faux-pas?

Thoughts?  Opinions?  Is there anything else out there that doesn’t break down in the earth that we should be aware of?  I believe a Composting pile is in my future!



4 thoughts on “Eco-chic?

  1. Absolutely love your blog!! Thanks for sharing all of your DIY projects. I have a question that isn’t quite related to this post, what color paint did you use on the hutch? I’m getting ready to do some painting on similar pieces and I’m awful at picking out paint colors, so I like to copy :). Thanks so much!

  2. Hi, Liz! Thanks for stopping by!

    We actually used Muslin Wrap by Valspar (available at your friendly Lowe’s store). It has the appearance of “white” in the pics but it is most assuredly an “off-white” color.

    Hope this helps! Good luck with your project!


  3. Discussion time!

    NOTHING decomposes in a landfill! I saw it on the Science Channel or PBS or some channel like that. They did a whole story on stuff sitting in landfills. They dug down about 50 feet into a nasty pile of garbage and pulled out a plastic trash bag tossed sometime in the 1980’s. (I think they dated it based on what was in it, but I can’t remember) Not only was the bag itself still fully intact, but there was a carrotin there that was still orange (albeit very rubbery), a magazine (maybe thats how they figured out when the garbage was from), not to mention all sorts of other things that were still fully intact. After 20+ years in a landfill, hardly anything had happened to it!
    That got us to change our habits. Our recycling center takes glass, #1 and #2 plastic, newsprint, and aluminum/tin cans, and we recycle all we can. We found that we reduced our trash from 2-3 bags a week to 1, sometimes 2. We also compost everything from the yard. I have so much yard waste, I am now on pile #2. The first one is HUGE – a mound about 30′ x 30′ that is about 5′ tall in the middle.

    And on another note, I love your blog! And your house is looking awesome! Keep up the good work!

    • Ugh! How sad, right? Stay tuned – J&I are planning on building a “Worm Bin”?? Apparently there’s a difference between that and Composting?!?

      Thanks! We’re trying to keep it entertaining! Bit by bit, lemme tell ya!


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