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:
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!