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Starbucks New Cancerous Coffee Cup

Posted Fri June 6, 2008 12:00 pm, by David N. written to Starbucks

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I visit my local Starbucks in Newport, RI, daily. My drinks vary from lattes to iced coffees - but I'd say I spend upwards of $75 a month quenching my coffee fix.

For the past few weeks the drink of choice has been a venti, unsweetened iced coffee. Everyday I have gotten the plastic cup which I recycle when I am done. I have always wanted a re-usable cup for iced coffee.

Low and behold this morning when I purchased my venti there was a hard plastic replica of the venti iced coffee cup, straw and all! I had to have it, so I spent $13.95, got the cup & my coffee, and went on my way to work.

Thinking I just made a great purchase, one that will ultimately help reduce my plastic consumption, I looked on the bottom of the cup and was sick to see the dreaded "#7" in the recycle logo.

I think by now we all know that a #7 means its made with the chemical "BPA" which has been shown to leak cancerous agents over time.

I'm pissed. I can not for the life of me figure out why Starbucks would release this great new product (new to me anyway) knowing full well that its NOT BPA FREE?!?!?!

I'll gladly return the cup and continue to use the wasteful plastic daily - but seems to me Starbucks would consider the health of its loyal patrons by making a BPA free version of this cup.

If by chance there is a BPA free version I would very much appreciate you sending me one to replace the $13.95 sitting on my passenger seat never to be used again.


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by hannah l. Posted Thu July 21, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

Get the new one it says BPA FREE.

I don't know where you live but I'd be more concerned about Prop 65...
I have Starbucks everyday for the past two years... however today I
came to find a warning sign from the FDA. : (

And I'm an Organic freak!

I don't know what I'm going to do...

by KEberth Posted Sun June 28, 2009 @ 6:15 PM

Hello Kelsey,

Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.

In regards to your email, please allow me to clear up any confusion
regarding BPA and the new plastic cold cups. As stated on the bottom,
these cold cups are BPA Free and while we understand the concern for
Polycarbonate, plastic #7 on the bottom does not indicate the product
is made with BPA. The plastic #7 on the bottom is a recycling term
only and should not be confused with the materials that will be used
in production of that product. I hope this assists you with your
decision to keep this product and thank you for your good question.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email us via
or call (800)-235-2883 to speak with a customer relations

Best Regards,

Allison F.
Customer Relations
Starbucks Coffee Company

by S N. Posted Thu June 4, 2009 @ 3:01 PM

I have last year's model, the Grande sized cup, sitting here on my
desk. upon examination it appears the the outer layer is #7 plastic,
but the inner layer of plastic has no recyclable markings (while it
does have all the other markings indicating when it was manufactured,
batch # etc.) Without talking to the manufacturer we can't be sure,
but I think perhaps the inside layer of the cup may in fact be a
different type of plastic.

There are also no marking on the lid of the cup save a small #3, which
is not inside the typical trio of "I am recyclable" arrows.


by ktea Posted Sat May 30, 2009 @ 8:17 PM

The solution: avoid plastic altogether!!! You can get a GLASS to-go
cup at glassrootsmovement.org for about the same price! I have been
using mine for a month and am obsessed with it. I take it to
Starbucks nearly every day and love that it doesn't leach anything
into my drinks, and is better for the environment! I was a little
wary of the glass at first, but it has proven to be unbreakable
despite the little drops I have managed so far...I also got the glass
straw whcih is guaranteed unbreakable.

by Kelly M. Posted Thu April 23, 2009 @ 10:01 PM

Did you get rid of the cup? If not, I'd happily buy it from you. Thank

by Kathi C. Posted Wed September 17, 2008 @ 8:51 PM

ALL of my *Bucks H2O and travel mugs have #7. PBA has a link with
other pesticides to mimick estrogen in your body - link breast cancer.
See the latest Body and Soul magazine with article regarding
petroleum products. I am also pissed that this Co still is using this
type of plastic.


by helmickr Posted Tue June 10, 2008 @ 8:55 AM



I love kitchy crap by French fried Fri August 6, 2010 @ 3:59 PM

by Lace Neil Singer Posted Mon June 9, 2008 @ 5:47 AM

There's no such thing. This is just an urban legend; it has been
debunked on Snopes as little more than a scare story. Go read:


Oh no ... by YouAreKiddingMe Mon June 9, 2008 @ 7:15 AM

But he's doing everything he can to avoid cancer! by RedheadwGlasses Mon June 9, 2008 @ 1:05 PM

This article is about PET... by All About the Branding Mon June 9, 2008 @ 1:51 PM
by YouAreKiddingMe Posted Mon June 9, 2008 @ 12:51 AM

How about trying to return it for a refund?

Gosh, that might make sense even ... rather than asking for something
else for FREE.


by dulynoted Posted Sat June 7, 2008 @ 3:57 PM

You bought it, you keep it or get rid of it.
Unless it was defective in some way I see no reason why you should get
a refund or a replacement.

As knowledgable as you seem regarding BPA in plastic ware, its
surprising that you would not think to look at the cup to see how its
rated BEFORE you purchased it.


That is a little surprising, isn't it? by Donno Sat June 7, 2008 @ 7:10 PM

by BellaSera Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 6:21 PM

David, I just went through the whole BPA thing with infant bottles.
The chance of plastic leaching from the cup is much greater if you
wash it in high temperatures, i.e. the dishwasher. So, make sure you
hand wash it in cool water, and you'll be in better shape.

Or you could move to Canada. They banned the use of BPA.


by Harleycat (aka Usual Suspect #2) Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 1:36 PM

So let me get this straight. You'll spend money on an overpriced
drink that may or may not be bad for you according to what reports you
read but won't drink it out of a cup that contains BPA because that,
although not proven, may slighly increase your chance of cancer. One


Huh. I guessed the wrong ending for your A... word. I'm not very by Steve-OH Fri June 6, 2008 @ 2:32 PM

"A". . . yup by David N. Fri June 6, 2008 @ 3:42 PM

I hear you, David. But for me, that would mean giving up food cooked by Steve-OH Fri June 6, 2008 @ 4:55 PM

I agree.. by Harleycat (aka Usual Suspect #2) Fri June 6, 2008 @ 5:01 PM

actually by David N. Fri June 6, 2008 @ 5:30 PM

just as many by SuzieCat Fri June 6, 2008 @ 5:48 PM

I would be dangerous.. by Harleycat (aka Usual Suspect #2) Mon June 9, 2008 @ 8:20 AM

harleycat by SuzieCat Wed June 11, 2008 @ 1:59 PM

Amen to that Steve-OH!!!! by (What's With this Cheese Thing???) Peanut's Mom Sat June 7, 2008 @ 1:31 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:58 PM

Sigh. The media doesn't understand how to report medical risks, and
then the general public, which has little to no knowledge on risk
factors and how they work, freaks out.

Here's how it works. Let's say that a lifetime of drinking out of #7
plastics increases your risk of cancer by 1%. That means, whatever
your own natural risk was for getting cancer, it's now increased by
1%. If you had a good chance of getting cancer (and everyone's
chances vary based on genetics, lifestyle, weight, etc.), then that
risk increases by 1%. If you had essentially a zero chance of getting
cancer (say, 0.01%), then that chance is now 0.011%. Still

Shouldn't you have looked at the bottom of the cup before buying it if
you were so concerned?

At any rate, here comes a new wave of scientifically-challenged
hoardes, freaking out over something that hasn't even been PROVEN to
be a problem.


You are so right by dawniedawn67 Fri June 6, 2008 @ 3:14 PM

breathing by SuzieCat Fri June 6, 2008 @ 3:34 PM

yes by David N. Fri June 6, 2008 @ 3:49 PM

Then by Donno Fri June 6, 2008 @ 11:02 PM

as i've said by David N. Sat June 7, 2008 @ 10:25 AM

Maybe you should give up coffee by Final Score: Boys-3, Girls-1 Sat June 7, 2008 @ 11:14 AM

I feel bad for you, David by MA Cunningham Fri June 13, 2008 @ 12:14 PM

by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:42 PM


Stainless steel alternative to plastic.

I've seen similar in Target humm.


by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:39 PM



another article, older by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:41 PM

by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:28 PM

My Dunkin Donuts reusable cup is #5. Does anyone know what that


I found this so far by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:37 PM
by Zan Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:19 PM

Starbucks (and other companies)can't win in this situation. Styrofoam
cups, bad for the environment. Paper cups, too flimsy. Plastic cups -
cancer. Personally, I don't put much stock in the BPA scare. There's
always something that some new study is going to show is bad for us in
some way, and BPA is just the latest "in" issue. We've all been using
products containing BPA for years, along with other items that someone
somewhere will eventually decide is dangerous. And then, later on,
studies may come out saying "hey, now we've found that it's NOT bad
for you! But guess what IS bad?"

Let's say Starbucks recalls all their BPA plastic cups. They lose a
ton of money, and what are they going to do with the BPA cups?

I totally respect your right not to use BPA, but I don't think it's
Starbucks' problem that you won't. If you were that concerned, you
could have checked out the cup before you bought it and filled it with
coffee. I think you should eat the $13.95 loss and put the cup away
until NEW studies show there's nothing wrong with it.

For your sake, I hope the next study comes out doesn't show that the
caffeine found in $75/month worth of coffee may cause cancer ;)


Zan, you hit the nail on the head. by Final Score: Boys-3, Girls-1 Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:28 PM

yes by David N. Fri June 6, 2008 @ 3:45 PM

Heh, I'm not either. We have that in common ;) by Zan Fri June 6, 2008 @ 3:52 PM

maybe i should get up earlier by David N. Fri June 6, 2008 @ 4:05 PM

That's not what I said by Zan Fri June 6, 2008 @ 4:35 PM

Thats correct by David N. Fri June 6, 2008 @ 4:46 PM

We don't know how recently it was made. by Zan Fri June 6, 2008 @ 4:57 PM

grills by SuzieCat Fri June 6, 2008 @ 5:33 PM

You are absolutely right by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:36 PM

by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:11 PM

I wasn't aware that #7 meant that. I also do not know what a venti
is. Maybe the type of iced coffee by name.

Why not look around for a better mug of comparable size and bring it
in? This way you can avoid the plastic consumption, and you will know
that what you have is safe.


Venti = size n/t by puyro Fri June 6, 2008 @ 11:04 PM

Thanks ! n/t by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Sat June 7, 2008 @ 8:07 AM

by All About the Branding Posted Fri June 6, 2008 @ 10:58 AM

While it's likely that this cup is BPA, be aware that #7 is "all
others" and doesn't automatically mean BPA.


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