Starbucks offering $10 million to development of eco-friendly cup

Starbucks customers go through about 4 billion to-go cups every year — and almost all of those end up in a landfill. While it would seem the paper cups could easily be recycled, they are lined with non-recyclable plastic to help keep your coffee warm and the cup from leaking. But the Seattle-based coffee giant is finally taking steps to make the world a little greener. They’ve teamed with Closed Loop Partners, a group that invests in recycling technologies and sustainable goods, to create the NextGen Cup Challenge. The challenge will offer $10 million in grants to innovative entrepreneurs “working on ideas that could lead to the development of more sustainable cup solutions.” Current cups are made with 10 percent post-consumer recycled fiber, so depending on where you live, they might be partially recyclable, but the goal is to create a fully recyclable and even compostable cup no matter what corner of…

Starbucks holiday cups celebrate 20 years

It’s been 20 years since special Starbucks cups first began to grace our holiday season. It’s a ritual for many, that’s as beloved as trimming the tree or baking sugar cookies. The first Starbucks holiday cups made their debut in 1997, though it would be a miracle to find one today. Few were saved and the digital design files were lost in an earthquake in 2001. Even searching online poses few results, as the cups came before the ubiquitous time of selfies and cell phone cameras. One company designer, Sandy Nelson, having had the honor of designing the first cup, stashed away a full set of subsequent cups. “It was August, and I had just started with the company,” Nelson said. “We were working on holiday creative for the season to come. We had what felt like a hundred cup designs pinned up on the wall. Then Howard [Schultz] came by,…

Rise of rainbow foods makes way for colorful ‘oil slick’ home trend

With all of the attention going toward rainbow and unicorn foods recently, it seems like colorful kitchen décor was the natural next step. Behold the “oil slick” trend. The iridescent jewel-toned color scheme mimics the sheen you can find on spilled oil in the sunlight. The opalescent luster with its brilliant pinks, purples, greens, blues and oranges is mesmerizing to look at. The trend started to take over fashion, beauty products and gardening accessories as well, but you can find it in the kitchen on glassware, cutlery, flasks, candles and more in a range of prices. Seen above: Swell water bottle, Galaxy Collection, Venus ($35) Hay, Rainbow Stainless Steel Tray ($23) 3-Piece Beta Flatware set ($27) Warp Iridescent Glass Vase, Tom Dixon ($353) Rainbow Party Cup ($16) Hampton Forge Tomodachi 10-piece Knife Set ($40) Stained Glass Tray,  Iridescent Blue and Bright Orange ($41) For information on the glazed iridescent porcelain tile backsplash, visit Dehtile.com.