Hi there-- it’s me, Sarah, from the merchandise team. I’d like to share some information about our plastic products, as well as clear up some common misconceptions regarding the use of BPA, or bisphenol- A.
Last summer, Starbucks removed the few items in our line that were manufactured with BPA. All of our current products are BPA-free except for our Recycled Tumblers (the new version of this series, coming out in early 2010, will be BPA-free and indicate so) and the Brown Soft Touch Diana Tumbler with handle. These tumblers have an exterior that is made out of poly carbonate (a plastic manufactured with BPA), but the liner-- the part of the tumbler that comes into contact with liquids-- and the lid are BPA-free.
All other serveware products are BPA-free. That sounds so good, that I’m going to say it again. Yes, all other serve ware products are BPA-free! Going forward, we are including the words “BPA-Free” on the base if a product originally contained BPA. We have some snazzy “BPA-free” stickers that are going on those new Recycled Tumblers, so be sure to look-out for them.
It is also important to remember that just because a product has the #7 recycled symbol on it, this doesn’t mean it contains BPA. The number on any plastic item refers only to the way a product can be recycled. A tumbler with poly carbonate/BPA carries a #7 recycle code, but so does an insulated tumbler with a mix of materials other than poly carbonate. A recycle code does not indicate whether a product has BPA or not.
Please feel free to continue to post on this topic and we’ll do our best to provide answers and actions.
This blog was inspired by BPA-free Plastic Everything!