Starbucks reduces trash and benefits planet with $1 resuable plastic mug
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Causes, Environment.

Today, if you’re standing in line at Starbucks waiting for your favorite coffee beverage, be sure to take part in the company’s eco-friendly efforts by purchasing its $1 reusable plastic cup.

USA Today reports that the major coffee chain is looking to reduce its participation of adding waste to landfills with its new tumbler.

Handing over $1 really isn’t that much – especially if you’re benefiting the planet – but you will get that dollar back, as a dime discount is offered for each refill.

Each cup incorporates the Starbucks logo, resembles the paper version and even has lines etched inside indicating a tall or grande size.

According to Starbucks’ Jim Hanna, the company has previously sold reusable mugs, but thinks this low-priced one will earn more participants and steer them away from disposable coffee holders.

Hanna also noted “[Starbucks] test-marketing in 600 Pacific Northwest stores boosted the number of reusable cups 26 percent in those stores last November, compared with the same month a year earlier.”

CBS News has also reported that in 2008 the Seattle-based coffee company “wanted to serve 25 percent of all drinks in reusable cups by 2015.” The goal has recently been reduced to 5 percent.

Starbucks is just one of many food and beverage retailers that have received backlash for its use of disposable products and polystyrene foam packaging. However, the reusable mug is a definite step in the right direction and also encourages others to follow suit.

The reusable tumbler is available at all USA and Canada stores.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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