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Starbucks Are Testing a Reusable Cup Program as They Aim To Become More Environmentally Friendly

starbucks reusable cup trial

As the world becomes more and more conscious of how harmful single-use plastic and paper is to the environment, high street shops, supermarkets and coffee shops are now trying to do their part to embrace more sustainable practices.

Starbucks and environmental charity Hubbub have revealed they are teaming up for a new trial reusable cup program called #CupCupandAway in London as they look to cut down on the enormous contribution their single-use plastic and paper cups have on harmful waste.

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starbucks reusable cup trial


It is estimated a staggering eight million single-use paper cups are binned every day in the UK.

In 2018, Starbucks introduced a paper cup fee in all of its UK cafes to try to curb that alarming number of wasted cups, with proceeds from the charge being donated to the Hubbub.

In an attempt to continue to cut the large volumes of harmful paper and plastic waste their cups cause each year, the coffee giant and charity are embarking on a month-long reusable cup trial in London’s Gatwick Airport

When ordering their drink, Starbucks customers will now be able to either request a free reusable cup or pay 5 pence for a traditional paper cup.

If customers opt for the reusable cup, once they have finished their drink they’ll be able to drop it off at five separate locations around the terminal, rather than just wastefully throwing it away.

The reusable cups are then collected, washed, and reused.

2,000 reusable cups will be introduced to the initiative, with hopes the trial will be expanded nationally.

For more information on the reusable cup scheme visit Starbucks or Hubbub online.

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