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Eco-Friendly Coffee Cups Can Be Planted After Use

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We’re pretty efficient at destroying the planet, so it’s nice to see an ever growing consortium of people doing their damnedest to slow the pace at which we bury ourselves in our own filth. The latest effort we’ve come across involves coffee cups, which Americans throw out at the rate of 146 million a year (and that number seems low, to be honest). The “Reduce. Reuse. Grow.” cups are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and have had tree seeds embedded in them. This means after you’re done drinking your cup of Joe, you can soak them in water for 5 minutes, and then just plant them; the type of tree that grows out is printed on the front. And even if you don’t go through the effort of planting them, the will biodegrade after just 180 days so your conscience can be just a little clearer.

Granted, their effectiveness will be determined by their adoption rate at coffee shops nationwide, but you can help by donating to the project. Although you won’t get any cups until you donate $500 or more (and then you just get a “framed and singed 1st edition cup), you can jump in with as little as $1.

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Smart Lids Change Color When Contents Are Too Hot

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Taking a tiny sip of a piping hot drink is the usual way to figure out its temperature. That, or feeling the cup with your hands, but that can be hard with some materials. The Smart Lid hopes to give you a visual cue, informing you of the drink’s temperature before you use your own body as a thermometer. It turns red when the contents are at 120°F (48°C) or above, which seems like an appropriate middle ground. The lids come in packs of 1,000 of either the lid alone, or the lid with a 8oz or 12oz cup, with prices starting as low as $62. Clearly restaurants will have more use for this, but there is a 40 lid/cup pack for $30 that you may be tempted to use at home.

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Red Plastic Cups for Every Fancy and Non-Fancy Occasion

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Friends may come and go, people might get dropped off the invite list, but if there’s one thing that has remained consistent when it comes to parties, it’s the red solo cups. When the host begins handing them out, you know it’s time to get the party started.

For years, they’ve been used only to hold beer and other cold drinks and refreshments, but Red Cup Living wants to change all that with their new line of assorted plastic cups that are all based on the red solo cups. There’s the 14 oz. wine cup, a 15 oz. margarita cup, a 12 oz. cocktail cup and a shot cup (for lack of a better name to call it.)

The cups are molded from ABS plastic, so they’re usable and dishwasher safe. They might not look very classy but they’re definitely the funnest cups you can have around. Cup prices range from $4 to $10.

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Leaf Shaped Silicone Pocket Cup Professes Your Love For The Planet

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Disposable cups at the water cooler getting you down? You feel we’re kicking the planet in the nads every time we throw something away that we could be recycling? There’s a solution. Simply ignore the carbon footprint that it takes to create something like the above leaf-shaped silicone Pocket Cup and pat yourself on the back for doing something for the planet. And if carrying around a cup in your pocket has you worried about germs, just run it under some boiling water to sterilize it now and then.

$12.

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