TreeHugger is all about good design, but it wouldn’t occur to us to waste a pixel on the ridiculous non-controversy about the Starbucks all-red Christmas cups. Which I realize after reading Robin Shreeves on sister site MNN, was a huge missed opportunity. Years ago, Starbucks made a commitment to serve 25 percent of its coffee in reusable cups; they quickly found out that this was impossible and withdrew the promise. So now they dispose of three billion paper cups per year. As Robin notes, that’s not very Christian: ” You’d be hard-pressed to find anything in the Bible about the anti-Christian message sent by red-and-green coffee cups, but there’s plenty in the Bible about caring for the planet.”
The Earth, whether you believe it was created by a God who commands us to care for it, or whether you believe it’s just here by some accident, is what physically sustains us. It contains all the resources we need to live, and we are responsible for caring for it — not just for those of us privileged enough to purchase things that come in throw-away containers, but for everyone who lives on it now and in the future.
The next time you walk into Starbucks or any other coffee house, worry less about what should or shouldn’t be on the coffee cups. Worry more about walking through the door with a reusable coffee cup in hand.
Read it all at MNN.
Robin Shreeves of MNN gets it right in this silly discussion.