Starbucks’ Version of “I Am Not a Paper Cup”

I’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing the I Am Not a Paper Cup product. I like the idea of eliminating the paper waste but I’m hesitant to take the plunge because many of the reviews complained of a leaky lid, and being my clumsy self I don’t want to invite disaster.

Hence I was very pleased to see that Starbucks had come out with its own version of a non-paper-but-looks-like-paper coffee cup. The lid is a hard plastic instead of flexible silicone, and it turns and locks to seal in the liquid. It’s a much safer bet for me than the alternative, and so far I’ve been loving it. They’re not selling them online so I recommend keeping an eye out at your local Starbucks if you’re interested in getting one.

2 Comments on Starbucks’ Version of “I Am Not a Paper Cup”

  1. kenyam101
    September 13, 2010 at 10:02 am (14 years ago)

    I have one and its great. But one thing that buyers need to be aware of before buying is this:____1) The original "I am not a paper cup" model is microwavable. The Starbucks version, specifically states in the bottem that it is "Do Not Microwave"____2) I have a dishwasher, and the "I am not a paper cup" model sells itself as being dishwasher safe. Starbucks on the otherhand "recommends hand washing"____What does all this mean? If you plan on using a dishwasher or microwaving it, while I don't imagine anything bad will happen to the porceline cup…____… it does absolves Starbucks of legal liability if anything happens as a result. So if you get poisoned or the cup shatters all over your face as a result of overheating and/or use of dishwasher, Starbuck's has warned you.____On the otherhand, "I am not a papercup" would have to take full responsibility.____Not a big deal here in Canada, where the court's would never allow excessive multi-million dollar law suites, in the United States, this is a big concern.

    • the_simplist
      September 13, 2010 at 11:30 am (14 years ago)

      That is very true, good points. I remember my boyfriend put it in the dishwasher once and I got really worried it would ruin the cup, but it seemed fine. Really the only reason I bought it is because it gives me that cool feeling of walking around with a Starbucks cup without feeling guilty about all the paper waste (and expensive coffee!) that comes with being a regular there. This way I get my emotional fix with cheap but tasty homemade coffee. 😉 I think I am slowly starting to wean myself off of that desire. Eventually I’d like to trade it in for something a bit more functional, but for now it serves its purpose.


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