Starbucks have announced they are set to test out a new range of environmentally friendly takeaway cups in an effort to try to reduce the volume of waste their cups produce globally.
The new experimental cups will be made using a sustainable bioplastic and feature a compostable liner, which will replace the plastic liner they currently use, and could potentially make each cup completely recyclable – a huge plastic – waste reduction win.
The sustainable announcement comes as Starbucks looks to develop new environmentally friendly ways to help cut the vast volumes of single-use plastic waste they produce every day.
The new sustainable cups are a result of a innovation project – the NextGen Cup Challenge held by Closed Loop Partners. The challenge was founded by Starbucks and McDonald’s as a way to try to reduce the estimated 250 billion single-use plastic cups wasted annually each year by the companies.
Out of over 500 cup submissions, from over 50 different countries, the BioPBS cup, made by Biochem Company Ltd had the winning design.
The new cups are still made from paper, so will look and feel just like normal Starbucks cups. The difference on these sustainable alternatives will be the petroluem-based liner, which prevents these cups from being recyclable, is replace with the new compostable bioplastic liner.
The new cups will be tested in five cities – New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, and London.
For more information on the Starbucks recycled cups visit Starbucks online.