The use of reusable cups is being ‘safely reintroduced to Starbucks’ stores, following a temporary pause in recent months due to concerns over the Coronavirus.
As part of the reopening of Starbucks stores across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Starbucks held what it called ‘extensive trials’ on new and safe ways to reintroduce reusable cups.
It says that after ‘rigorous testing’, Starbucks is ready to introduce a ‘new procedure’ which allows customers to once again use their reusable cups.
Completely contactless, the new method involves using a ceramic mug to transport the reusable cup through the bar – eliminating any shared touch points between the customer and Starbucks baristas.
Our new reusable cup procedure ensures the safety of our partners and customers, while supporting our commitment to the planet and our aspirations to become resource positive
“Our new reusable cup procedure ensures the safety of our partners and customers, while supporting our commitment to the planet and our aspirations to become resource positive,” the coffee giant said.
Alongside upweighted cleaning and safety measures, customers can once again enjoy their favourite beverages in a reusable cup from 7 August.
To encourage the use of reusables and reduce paper cup waste, Starbucks will continue offering customers with reusable cups a discount on their purchase in participating markets.
In March, Starbucks branches announced a temporary ban on reusable cups in response to the coronavirus.
In June, however, more than 100 scientists from across the globe signed a statement intent on providing reassurance to the public that it is safe to use reusable items such as cups and bottles, provided they are thoroughly washed.