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…

Home & Garden Show Giveaway Winner Announced

Liz McLaughlin, of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, was the winner of the Everybody Craves Vitamix giveaway from the 2017 Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show. The random drawing was made from several thousand hopefuls who entered their name during the 10 day long show held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh last month. McLaughlin picked up her Vitamix Professional Series 5200 and gift basket full of recipe books and kitchen goodies from our offices yesterday. McLaughlin said she has heard how easy food prep and blending can be with a powerful blender, and she is most looking forward to making smoothies, vegetables purees, and soups. Congratulations Liz! Here are a few easy Vitamix recipes to get you started, Liz! And for more ideas, keep checking everybodycraves.com. Blueberry, Banana, Kale Smoothie Carrot, Ginger Soup Sweet Potato, Chipotle Hummus