If you’re one of the many people who are starting to realize the effects of single-use plastic, Starbucks has an option for you: the coffee brand launched reusable cups for hot and cold drinks, along with straws!
The reusable cup is nearly identical to Starbucks iconic white cup and is made from polypropylene, a plastic which is widely accepted in global recycling infrastructure. The new reusable cups are designed to make the cup sturdier than paper and are a more sustainable approach to single-use packaging.
Globally, an estimated 600 billion paper and plastic cups are distributed annually. Although Starbucks cups only account for around 1% of that total, it is committed to bringing more sustainable solutions to reduce waste. Since 2014, Starbucks has offered the reusable cup in the US, Canada, and the UK. So far, the company has sold more than 25 million globally.
Last year, Starbucks also announced its goal of removing all plastic straws in its stores globally by 2020. In the Philippines, the coffee brand has also begun taking steps towards this goal with the Skip the Straw initiative. At local stores, customers are offered to skip the straws, disposable utensils, and napkins for their orders and are provided more sustainable options including specially-designed sipping lids and compostable straws.
The reusable cups are available in all Starbucks stores for P100.