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Starbucks implement nationwide 5p paper cup charge

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Starbucks has begun charging customers 5p for every paper cup they use in all 950 of it’s UK stores.

The cost will be added on to the price of every take-out drink, while drinks consumed in store will continue to be served in ceramic cups, free of any excess charge. Customers can also opt to bring in their own reusable cup or purchase a Starbucks-branded cup in store and will receive a 25p discount on the price of their drink, equalling a 30p saving overall.

The charge has come after a trial run across 35 London stores which took place over three months. Environmental charity and behavioural experts Hubbub evaluated the trial and concluded that the number of customers who brought in their own reusable cup rose from 2.2% to 5.8% during the trial period. The results indicated that rolling out the charge nationwide could have a positive effect on the reduction of paper cup use, if implemented alongside further staff training and in-store communication.

Starbucks has recently committed to spending £10 million on developing a fully recyclable and compostable cup in partnership with Closed Loop Partners. The company have also announced they will eliminate single-use plastic straws globally by 2020.

One product the company have put into action to reduce the need for straws is a straw-less Starbucks lid which will be used for all iced coffees and iced teas. The lid is currently used in 150 stores across Europe but will become the norm in all UK stores by 2020.

For frappuncinos and customers who need a straw in order to drink, Starbucks are developing an alternative straw made from paper or PLA, which is compostable.

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