Photo Issue: The Starbucks Cup Dilemma, Shot by Geof Kern

We think this is a sophisticated set build, and readers get our message instantly from viewing this photograph.

"Recycling in the stores is only part of the solution. The major win is creating the market for our cups outside the stores."—Jim Hanna, Starbucks' director of environmental impact. We think this is a sophisticated set build, and readers get our message instantly from viewing this photograph. In addition, we laud Starbucks' goals to figure out a sustainable solution to their one-use paper coffee cup. Shot by Geof Kern.

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  • Rick Hansen

    I respectfully disagree with FC's opinion of this piece. It's graphically striking, and potentially misleading.

    The muffler, tire, and paint can take a long time to degrade. The paper cup will degrade quickly and be recycled in the same manner as leaves, turning into a rich loam that contributes to further growth.

    Perhaps a more accurate and thoughtful piece would have shown time lapse pictures with the leaves and cup becoming one with the earth, while the other items change little.

    I do give Mr. Hanna points for dramatic posing, though.

    May your New Year be great, R.