Starbucks Plans To Phase Out Their Iconic Cups

Starbucks cups are highly recognizable whether it be their white paper cups, clear plastic cups or even their holiday themed cups.

According to ABC 7, Starbucks wants to help reduce waste by having customers either use their own mug or borrow a ceramic or reusable to-go mug from their store. By the end of next year, Starbucks is planning to allow customers to use their own personal mugs at every location in the United States and Canada.

"Our cup is ubiquitous, and we love that, but it is also the ubiquitous symbol of a throwaway society," said Starbucks chief sustainability officer Michael Kobori. The disposable cups are sometimes recycled but unfortunately a lot end up in landfills or even as litter on the street.

In order to help reduce waste, Kobori said the best solution would be to "eliminate the disposable cup." The company will be testing out the Borrow-A-Cup program where customers will pay a deposit for a durable cup they can take and drop off after use.

Go to ABC 7 for more.

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