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Tuesday, July 29, 1997 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Starbucks Coffee Will Test Environment-Friendly Cups

Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services

SEATTLE - Starbucks Coffee is looking for a more environmentally friendly container for that latte to go - one that doesn't have to be wrapped in a wad of napkins.

The coffee company said yesterday that it and the Alliance for Environmental Innovation will conduct in-store tests of several new "environmentally preferable" coffee cups.

Three new cup designs will be tested at selected Starbucks stores in Seattle, Boston and Chicago through September, with the winner selected later this year.

Two of the new cup designs have a textured exterior paper wrap, which creates an insulating air space between the wrap and the cup, said spokesman Alan Gulick. The third design uses a bubbled layer of polyethylene on the outside of a paper cup to improve insulation.

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