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How about some corn with your coffee? Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and International Paper are trying to take a small sip out of the 14.4 billion paper coffee cups that are discarded each year after they’ve served their short-lived purpose. On July 12, the companies introduced a new disposable paper cup lined with a corn-based bio-plastic rather than the petrochemical coating that currently keeps your Starbucks in its container.

The cup isn’t made with recycled paper — yet — but IP doesn’t use old-growth trees for the product. The new cups can be recycled with programs and companies that accept poly-coated paper products — or you can just compost them because they’re fully biodegradable. The cups will be available wherever Green Mountain Coffee is served to-go. In San Antonio, that includes the Rockdale Petroleum Exxon station at 10858 Wurzbach and the Tetco station at 19185 Stone Oak Parkway. This fall, IP plans to begin selling the cup to other customers.

According to Green Mountain, most Wal-Marts also carry the company’s organic and Fair-Trade coffees; a portion of each sale is donated to environmental and social-justice issues. Visit for more information.

Local Fair-Trade coffee haunts that you can ask to carry the new eco cups (just in case you forget your refillable coffee mug) will soon include Lazarus Coffee & Market, in the basement of the new building at the Blue Star Arts Complex, at the intersection of South Alamo and Probandt. The café, which will open in mid-to-late September, is an extension of Susan Jaime and Sylvia Vazquez’s coffee-catering business, which the friends started in 2005. The 2100-square-foot shop will have a juice bar (serving fresh fruit and vegetable juices for immunity, digestion, and general good health — but Jaime promises they will be delicious), coffee and tea bars, and a private room for meetings and independent-film screenings. The menu will include sandwiches, organic soups, and baked goods. Lazarus serves Fair-Trade coffees from South America and Africa. For more info, contact Jaime at 265-5398.

- Elaine Wolff

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