If customers take their cups home, they can also take advantage of the Starbucks and Ridwell partnership, and Ridwell can pick up reusable cups from your home. Then each cup is cleaned and disinfected, and then put back in place for other customers to use.
The traditional disposable hot cup of the chain is made of plastic and paper, so it is difficult to recycle. Although compostable cups may be a more environmentally friendly option, they must be composted in industrial facilities. Therefore, although this method is difficult to scale, reusable cups may be a more practical and environmentally friendly option.
After a year of rethinking cup materials in collaboration with McDonald’s and other partners, Starbucks launched a trial of reusable cups at London Gatwick Airport in 2019. Participants from hobbyists to industrial design companies have proposed cups made of mushrooms, rice husks, lily leaves, corn leaves and artificial spider silk.