Starbucks trials reusable ‘borrow a cup’ program

April 7, 2021
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Starbucks is testing out a “borrow a cup” program that will allow customers to order drinks with reusable cups.

The trial will last two months in five locations in the coffee chain’s hometown of Seattle, reports CNN Business.

The cups can be purchased with a $1 deposit that’s refunded as a credit when you return it to a store.

For each cup returned, customers will also receive 10 Bonus Stars on their Starbucks Rewards account.

The new program comes as the coffee giant seeks new green-friendly solutions for its hot cups, which are currently made out of a mix of paper and plastic, making them challenging to recycle.

In March, the chain vowed to reduce waste by 50% by the year 2030.

“As we celebrate 50 years of Starbucks, we are looking ahead at ways we can reimagine the future and continue to inspire and nurture the human spirit,” said Michelle Burns, svp of Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa at Starbucks, at the time of the announcement.

She added: “For farmers and their communities, we know it is critical we work together to address the challenges they face associated with climate change which are making it increasingly difficult to grow high-quality coffee. By reducing carbon emissions and conserving water, we can help farmers be more productive while we are also contributing to a better planet and bringing coffee to customers in a sustainable way.”

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