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Starbucks Is Testing a New Cup to Help the Environment, Here is What We Know

Everyone has been trying to make some changes lately to help the environment. We live in very wasteful times! Even Starbucks is testing a new cup to help!


Recently they started trialing a new recyclable and compostable cup.

So far the new cups are being tested in locations that are in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, London, and Vancouver.


The new version of their disposable cup is still made from paper and will feel and look the same as the current cups.

The difference is inside. The new cup is coated with a compostable liner, rather than the traditional plastic one that is currently used.

This means that the new cups can be composted in industrial composters. This is a pretty big deal!

Customers will not see any noticeable difference from the current cup


Starbucks has been continuously trying to make a greener cup. It has been difficult because most recycling centers don’t separate the paper cups from the plastic lining.

So even though it was made from recyclable materials, most of the time it wasn’t actually getting recycled.

The new cups still have to have the lining separated and that is why they are testing in the locations that they have chosen. These cities have recycling centers that can do it.

They are not limiting testing to the NexGen biolined cups. They will continue to explore other options as well, trying to make improvements along the way.


Starbucks does offer discounts when you bring in your own cups and mugs. But they have currently stopped filling reusable cups due to the coronavirus. They will still honor the discount if you have your cup and ask for it, but they will not fill it.

So, what do you think? Is this a move in the right direction for Starbucks? I sure think so!