Reusable cups are back with a new contactless procedure.
After a year-long pause on the policy of using personal reusable cups, Starbucks announced that they are reconsidering it. With the evolving pandemic situations and guidelines from health experts, several businesses have been updating their policies. On June 8, Starbucks announced bringing back reusable cups all across the country.
Last year, Starbucks decided to discontinue filling up reusable cups with surging cases of coronavirus. Now, starting on June 22, the coffee giant will once again accept the personalized mugs but through a contactless procedure.
“Bringing back personal reusable cups is a key part of Starbucks' ongoing commitment to reduce single-use cup waste and goal to reduce waste by 50% by 2030,” the company said on their website.
The company will also offer customers $0.10 off on their drinks when using the reusable cups. Following the safe contactless procedure, the customers just need to keep a clean reusable cup in a ceramic mug retaining the lid. The barista will pour the drink by only touching the ceramic mug before returning it to customers.
Stores will only accept clean personal cups. Once the drink is poured and ready, the customer can collect it from the handoff area of the counter and put the lid on.
This option of using personalized cups is not available in the drive-thrus yet. However, the company is testing ways to safely bring back the policy.
Starbucks is known to share hands to reduce single-use cup wastage. The coffeehouse chain plans to offer the reusable cup-share program in all of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa stores by 2025. Also, Starbucks Korea will launch the "Borrow a Cup" program in stores soon to eliminate the use of disposable cups by 2025.
So, are you ready with the mugs and tumblers for your favorite cuppa coffee? Tell us in the comments.