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‘Keep Your Hands Off’ Bamboo Coffee Cups, German Consumer Group Warns


At first glance, containers based on bamboo seem like a good choice for environmentally friendly consumers. They are reusable and can replace disposable coffee cups, which create 40,000 metric tons of trash every year in Germany alone, according to data cited by German consumers from the reputable Stiftung Warentest foundation.

However, the foundation found potentially dangerous chemicals in all 12 of bamboo cups they tested. They also found that nearly all of them make “fake advertising promises” on their origins or their environmental impact.

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