Starbucks Will Start Phasing Out Disposable Cups & Testing Borrow-A-Cup Program
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Starbucks is brewing up a new plan to help the environment!
On its mission to become more sustainable, Starbucks plans to drastically decrease the use of their disposable cups – yes, the same cups that we look forward to seeing different designs of every holiday season.
While recycling their signature cups is better than littering, it’s still not the best eco-friendly option, as they usually end up in landfills.
According to CNN, Starbucks hopes customers will be bringing their own cups from home or borrow reusable cups through a Borrow-A-Cup Program by 2025. The company is currently testing out different models of a borrowing program across stores worldwide, and while testing a beta program in Seattle, they received a positive response from customers.
In this program, customers paid a $1 deposit to borrow a reusable cup in-store and got their money back after dropping it back off. One perk customers loved was earning rewards for taking part in the program!
“We developed a new cup that had a very low environmental footprint, was lightweight polypropylene, ultimately recyclable and could replace 100 single-use disposable cups.” — Amelia Landers, Vice President of Product Experience
Starbucks will still have plastic and paper cups available, but the end goal is to completely eliminate them. A few other solutions they’ve considered are charging customers a disposable cup fee, and offering up to a 50¢ incentive for bringing their own cups in-store or the drive-thru.
Want to get a head start on their sustainable plan? Consider grabbing one of their new cups and tumblers that use 50% recycled plastic! There are a ton of beautiful designs available that are perfect for springtime, too!