Coffee Cup or Coffee Cup?

Working in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho, has been great. Every morning, I walk 5 blocks to my office and almost always stop at the local coffee shop on the corner, Thomas Hammer. I had noticed a few weeks ago on my cup that it had the word “ecotainer™” running up the side. As no one was in line behind me (surprising, yes, I know!), I asked about it. I was informed by the barista that those cups, which they use to serve their Fair Trade and organic coffee on a daily basis, are biodegradable. The ecotainer cups are made from a corn-based product that requires less energy to produce and is certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute. For more information, log onto