Save Money, Cups and the Planet

For as long as MyStarbucksIdea has been around, you have suggested we find ways to reduce cup waste and encourage more people to bring in their own reusable cups. Starting today in the Pacific Northwest, I am happy to announce we have another way of doing just that. 

Introducing the new, reusable (and recyclable) Starbucks® cup for hot beverages.  

While we’ve sold reusable mugs and tumblers for years, what makes this new reusable cup exciting is that it’s yours for only $1. It’s a quality, low-cost option to enjoy your favorite Starbucks® beverage. And since you receive a 10 cent discount each time you use it in stores, it pays for itself in just ten uses - and then factor in the fact you have saved ten paper cups.  If you use it for a month, you will help avoid using more than a pound of paper, or 3.5 lbs of wood.   Plus, at the end of its life, if polypropylene (#5) plastic recycling is available in your region, you can recycle this cup and truly minimize your impact on the planet!

Starbucks is committed to reducing our cup waste. We have both recycling goals and a goal to serve 5% of the beverages made in our company-owned stores in personal tumblers by 2015. By offering this low cost, reusable cup option and continuing to provide our 10 cent discount, we are hoping to inspire many of you to bring your own cup. 

Think of it as bringing in your reusable bag when you shop. Yes, it might be a slight change of behavior at first, but eventually it becomes the norm.  And in case you don’t live in the Pacific Northwest, stay tuned – this simple, fantastic cup will be coming to a Starbucks near you soon.    



tealaura
1/5/2013 5:22 AM

Looking forward to this in the Cleveland area stores.  

After breaking my $12.00 ceramic Starbuck's mug, I couldn't bring myself to buy another one.  For a buck every couple of weeks or so, it won't feel so bad.

Walter Pigeon
1/5/2013 5:50 AM

I don't see how you are going to make this work at the drive-thru !!

ampnrg88
1/5/2013 5:52 AM

Thank you for making these cups available at such a reasonable price. Our Downtown Gainesville, FL store had them this week. Wonderful idea! Shame on those people re-selling them for more than they paid.

Chai maven
1/5/2013 5:53 AM

I always use my Starbucks reusable cup and the environment is not the only reason. Think about the chemicals that might leach into your drink from treated paper or, even worse, plastic. The ceramic cups are a perfect solution for those of us who love our Starbucks drink every day.

trixiefire
1/5/2013 5:53 AM

Can't wait to see these in NC!  

trixiefire
1/5/2013 5:53 AM

Can't wait to see these in NC!  

Pattspastries
1/5/2013 6:08 AM

I'm in Medina, Ohio, and I just got mine yesterday-it's a great cup, and a great idea! Bravo! for helping our environment. I wouldn't worry about Caribou Coffee- it would cost me more than the extra 40 cents in gas to get to one!! As long as everyone is doing their part...

CraftyLady0422
1/5/2013 6:17 AM

Excellent idea! When will we have it in Edmonton, Alberta?

Auntie Latte
1/5/2013 6:27 AM

This is great; however, I've been bringing my own cup for the past several years.  About half the time, the barrista still uses a paper cup to make my order & then pours it into my cup & throws the paper cup away!  Not saving anything!

DragonMommie
1/5/2013 6:35 AM

This is the best news yet!  Can't wait for this to make it over here to the East Coast.  This and the Blonde roast is a winning combination.  

BurBamm
1/5/2013 6:36 AM

What information is available on microwaving. I routinely reheat my "paper" cup in the microwave?

Less than 0.1% of people can identify which plastics are (supposedly) safe for microwave cooking.

Type 5 - polypropylene

May be safe, although some recommend against food contact when microwaving. "Type 5" are the most commonly labeled "microwave safe". Despite this, I have observed "Type 5" containers with partially dissolved surfaces, apparently from microwave use.  

DragonMommie
1/5/2013 6:37 AM

@haverwench That's a great question.  Maybe they have different sizes for the cups... or maybe built in guide lines on the inside?  I'd be looking for them to answer this question, as well.

DragonMommie
1/5/2013 6:38 AM

@haverwench That's a great question.  Maybe they have different sizes for the cups... or maybe built in guide lines on the inside?  I'll be looking for them to answer this question, as well.

DragonMommie
1/5/2013 6:38 AM

@haverwench That's a great question.  Maybe they have different sizes for the cups... or maybe built in guide lines on the inside?  I'll be looking for them to answer this question, as well.

noelyogini
1/5/2013 6:38 AM

Love this concept! is it available in Oklahoma soon, this states it is available in Pacific Northwest, would love it here. Thank you for being to so earth conscious!

Blessings

suzier
1/5/2013 6:39 AM

Hey there...as an older starbucks lover...how come there is so little choice for decaf drinkers? Really would like to see more available...thanks

AllanVK
1/5/2013 6:58 AM

Gotta add the venti size.  This is a fantastic idea and a fantastic deal for both the customer and Mother Earth.  However, without having Venti available, it severely reduces the number of people who will take advantage.

beatlefan46
1/5/2013 6:59 AM

Not sure why these reusable cups are not being offered in all sizes. I always order a venti bold is my only intake of coffee for the day.  

AllanVK
1/5/2013 6:59 AM

If I had to guess, the reason there is no venti is simply because of profit margins.  Once people buy 10, it's a hit to profits.  If that's the case, then hopefully Starbucks can at least add the new size the next time they do a price increase.

Hockeyfan51
1/5/2013 7:03 AM

I support the waste reduction initiative - huge kudos! The issue I want to know more is the handling of the used cups. There is a significant sanitation concern, such as: the cup stays in the car's cup holder, all day/night. I head to my local Starbucks…you get the picture.

Fraterry
1/5/2013 7:06 AM

I have not found these in Texas to date. Hope to see them

purplechick
1/5/2013 7:55 AM

I think the whole cross-contamination issue is ridiculous.  When you originally order, they touch the cup, the lid, the coffee pot, and whatever else you might want on the way to completing your order.  You didn't get sick the first time around.  What difference does it make if they touch your cup again the second or third or whatever time around?  The paper cups and lids aren't sanitized the first time you get them.  I can understand if someone has the flu - please don't bring your cup or yourself in the store!  Since the flu is airborne anyway, touching the cup isn't that big a deal.  It's your own cup; you're going to get back your own germs.  If the barista is sick, it won't matter if the cup is yours or a new plastic one; his/her germs will still be on it.  As long as they wash their hands regularly, it's all good.  Relax, everybody!  The new cup is cool!  And if the venti people have to downsize, they'll probably lose weight....  Just roll with it.

dmbd54
1/5/2013 8:07 AM

Is the new reusable cup made in the USA?  Is Starbuck's helping create jobs here in the USA by having this reusable cup manufactured in the USA?  I sure hope so!

SaraC
1/5/2013 8:24 AM

Is this cup BPA free?  If not, hot coffee and this cup do not mix!

laurenvee06
1/5/2013 8:30 AM

Omg when is it coming to CA?! We're right next door!!! ;) I'd totally buy one, and I know my cousin an bro will definitely buy one too!!!!!!!!!! :)

laurenvee06
1/5/2013 8:30 AM

Omg when is it coming to CA?! We're right next door!!! ;) I'd totally buy one, and I know my cousin an bro will definitely buy one too!!!!!!!!!! :)

laurenvee06
1/5/2013 8:31 AM

Omg when is it coming to CA?! We're right next door!!! ;) I'd totally buy one, and I know my cousin an bro will definitely buy one too!!!!!!!!!! :)

widows25
1/5/2013 8:31 AM

I am leery about drinking hot beverages out of plastic cups because of the chemicals that can be released.  Have these cups been tested for this?  Are they made of a special plastic that won't degrade with heat?

HawesIt
1/5/2013 8:32 AM

These comments & questions are great! So helpful in spurring my thought process & analysis of the cup & its use, benefits, possible contradictions to the intent. I am anxious to see it available in AZ & to view the response/reception. This is a forum to discuss concerns & thoughts on the product, and it is doing just that! Superb!

saking
1/5/2013 8:37 AM

Please hurry to NW Indiana!

saking
1/5/2013 8:37 AM

Please hurry to NW Indiana!

Poonkie
1/5/2013 8:37 AM

Venti! Venti! Venti! Venti! Venti!

MamaMaya
1/5/2013 8:59 AM

love it, can't wait to use one!

gailS
1/5/2013 9:07 AM

Great but have 2 questions:  are these cups BPA free and where are they manufactured?  China? Thanks.

WILLIS A
1/5/2013 9:15 AM

Great move ! When will we have it available in Florida and Mass ? Assume will have all three drink sizes.

swivelblue
1/5/2013 9:24 AM

Hi,

There have been over 60 comments posted to this blog since Starbuck's last response to comments on Oct 8, 2012 and many of the posts have good, valid questions.

What is apalling is NOWHERE do I see a response back from Starbucks, and it's January 2013!

- a 3 month response rate kills your reputation for being a strong player in social media.

- asking for ideas from your dedicated customers and then not answering their questions kills any progress you've made in customer service.

I don't understand why you haven't made ones post to answer the questions or direct people to common Q&A re: this new $1 reusable cup.

I have my own question about it. Would you like to hear it Starbucks?

swivelblue
1/5/2013 9:24 AM

Hi,

There have been over 60 comments posted to this blog since Starbuck's last response to comments on Oct 8, 2012 and many of the posts have good, valid questions.

What is apalling is NOWHERE do I see a response back from Starbucks, and it's January 2013!

- a 3 month response rate kills your reputation for being a strong player in social media.

- asking for ideas from your dedicated customers and then not answering their questions kills any progress you've made in customer service.

I don't understand why you haven't made ones post to answer the questions or direct people to common Q&A re: this new $1 reusable cup.

I have my own question about it. Would you like to hear it Starbucks?

Anonymous
1/5/2013 9:42 AM

Now I understand why all the drinks have gone up about 10-cents.  It would have been nice to have been given an option whether we, the customers, wanted this increase--especially in the places that don't have this cup as yet.

Although I applaud less waste, I am saddened by the cost increase & will automatically decrease my waste by simply purchasing fewer cups of SB coffee.  You should have asked us first.

lkepstein
1/5/2013 9:46 AM

Nice to see companies taking the environment seriously and doing something real to make a difference. I've been using my own Starbucks cup for years now, and hope others will join by doing even small things that can make an overall collective difference.

Thanks Starbucks!

cleanitup
1/5/2013 10:08 AM

Will be welcome in Texas.  Now how about getting rid of those nasty non-biodegradable green plastic plugs that litter Starbucks parking lots.  

Joltin Joe
1/5/2013 10:26 AM

Big whoop on the reusable cup.  Want to do something significant? Start recycling all of your plastic milk containers.  

Joltin Joe
1/5/2013 10:26 AM

Big whoop on the reusable cup.  Want to do something significant? Start recycling all of your plastic milk containers.  

septarian
1/5/2013 11:22 AM

Cheeze do I feel virtuous: I've been using my own car friendly cup for my daily SBUX brew for years and years and years.  And, although virtue is said to be it's own reward, I've totally appreciated the daily dime.

septarian
1/5/2013 11:23 AM

Cheeze do I feel virtuous: I've been using my own car friendly cup for my daily SBUX brew for years and years and years.  And, although virtue is said to be it's own reward, I've totally appreciated the daily dime.

HPhysiocSEO
1/5/2013 11:27 AM

These just became available in the Kansas City area and I'm really quite excited about it. I got a grande size cup which is ideal for me. I know there are many other areas Starbucks, as the largest major coffee chain in the U.S., could optimize to go more green, reduce waste, encourage recycling, etc. but I want to commend the company on taking this step. I was excited about it already before they even offered the 10 cent discount to incentivize it. I'm grateful!

Since we're talking ideas here... I think adding recycle bins in the stores would be great, and I think having slightly more strict policies on taps running water into nothing should be looked at. Not sure what happens with the food waste there, if there is any, but some sort of community composting incentive for gardeners, much like the coffee grounds for gardeners? Just thinking out loud.

Tara22
1/5/2013 11:53 AM

I LOVE this idea!! Just wish they weren't all sold out :(

pab
1/5/2013 12:49 PM

I have been bringing my own cup to Starbucks for years.  While I appreciate the 10 cent discount I do it to cut down on waste.  But - at least 30% of the time Starbuck's staff cannot find the little post-its to identify my drink to put on my cup. So they put my cup in a paper cup with the drink designation.  AARGH!  Is it really so hard to keep those little post-its in stock on the cash register?

ljevermann
1/5/2013 1:04 PM

uhhmm ... I paid over $20 for my insulated "Starbucks embossed" stainless steel cup (which I've been using for years now) and still find myself having to remind my server that I am being green and to please factor in the "cup credit."  Hope this new system isn't too complicated.  

kerrcop
1/5/2013 1:42 PM

hey did you all know that these cups are made in China and not the US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop being lemmings and do your research....Starbucks is selling out to China. Who knows what chemicals lerk in the cups..How responsible is that!

Farm Boy 2
1/5/2013 2:14 PM

I agree with Nevbu; "It will take more than a 10 cent discount for me to change my ways," if they were really serious they would offer a larger incentive. After all, Starbucks is now charging extra for soy milk and giving a 50 cent discount for using your-own-cup is a good trade-off.

Farm Boy 2
1/5/2013 2:15 PM

I agree with Nevbu; "It will take more than a 10 cent discount for me to change my ways," if they were really serious they would offer a larger incentive. After all, Starbucks is now charging extra for soy milk and giving a 50 cent discount for using your-own-cup is a good trade-off.

Farm Boy 2
1/5/2013 2:15 PM

I agree with Nevbu; "It will take more than a 10 cent discount for me to change my ways," if they were really serious they would offer a larger incentive. After all, Starbucks is now charging extra for soy milk and giving a 50 cent discount for using your-own-cup is a good trade-off.

Farm Boy 2
1/5/2013 2:15 PM

I agree with Nevbu; "It will take more than a 10 cent discount for me to change my ways," if they were really serious they would offer a larger incentive. After all, Starbucks is now charging extra for soy milk and giving a 50 cent discount for using your-own-cup is a good trade-off.

Farm Boy 2
1/5/2013 2:15 PM

I agree with Nevbu; "It will take more than a 10 cent discount for me to change my ways," if they were really serious they would offer a larger incentive. After all, Starbucks is now charging extra for soy milk and giving a 50 cent discount for using your-own-cup is a good trade-off.

inthewingz
1/5/2013 2:47 PM

They may be sleepless in Seattle, but I'm anxious in Chicago!  Happily, the city recycles #5.

txnfrobama
1/5/2013 3:02 PM

I love this!  However, could you please make them in Venti?  I love your products so much that I need the biggest size I can get!!!

ed1StPete
1/5/2013 3:06 PM

They're available in the Target Starbucks in Pinellas Park, FL. Now if only they were avaliable in my size (venti)!

patti C
1/5/2013 3:44 PM

When I use the drive thru how do I reuse the cup?  

patti C
1/5/2013 3:44 PM

When I use the drive thru how do I reuse the cup?  

bobprg
1/5/2013 4:26 PM

I currently use an insulated mug.  The problem is how do you wash it before use.  Dairy and sugar in a warm car breeds bacteria.  If you use anything to mix the drink in the store, it needs to be sterilized also.

Snoopy Luv
1/5/2013 7:27 PM

When can we get these in Texas????????

Snoopy Luv
1/5/2013 7:28 PM

When can we get these in Texas????????

DragonsDen
1/5/2013 8:20 PM

1)even when you let them know you have a reusable cup, they make the coffee in a "paper/plastic" cup and then pour it into your reusable cup and then toss the one they just used....no saving the enviornment there.

2)contamination is one thing with money etc, but you are just adding fuel to the fire when you are handing (used and maybe uncleaned) cups back to them.  

Summary: get real people, if you were really into "saving the earth" you'd make your coffee at home and save money as well.  This is a convienance to buy coffee in a drive thru and the fact that you have the disposable income to worry about this makes it all the more fractional.  If anything the person who mentioned that the price just went up by 10 cents and now all of a sudden we can "save" just that same amount is suspicous.  I love Starbucks, don't get me wrong.  But don't be dopes about a silly plastic cup.

owlmothbat
1/5/2013 8:25 PM

I love these cups, I own a few now. They are sturdy, they handle the dishwasher, and I happen to like my cup hot-keeps my hands warm-and even if I didn’t, I don’t see the issue with grabbing a sleeve. It’s commons sense! If your cup is too hot, you grab a sleeve, right?

Wow, I am seriously surprised at the lack of support for this product! I’m seeing some small complaints, and some big complaints.

Small:  “Well how come my tumbler and cold cup don’t get ten cents off when I bring them?” They do give you ten cents off for ANY reusable cup, and if your barista forgets, politely remind them.

“It’s hurting the planet to make these!” It’s hurting the planet to make the paper cups too, so get over it. Everything except walking around barefoot and naked hurts the planet, and even then you could be hurting little blades of grass and bugs. Pick your poison-paper, which hurts the planet, or reusable plastic, which hurts the planet. At least the reusable plastic saves you money, and you can recycle it to get even more money when it’s all worn out, which by the way for all you cynics who think 2 cycles in the dishwasher will somehow disintegrate this little baby, is going to be a long time from now.  

Big: “Someone else touching my cup is going to make me get *enter disease here*!”  Are you guys kidding me?! The paper cup is touched by the register person and the barista, and its lid is also touched by the barista. You are already in danger of being “contaminated by germs”, and the new cup actually reduces that by not allowing the barista to touch your lid. Which, they can’t do already, with any other tumbler or cup you may bring in. (They can’t touch your reusable plastic straws either.) And you won’t grab someone else’s cup by accident if you’re paying attention to the barista calling your name. If you grab Judy’s cup when you’re Joshua, then you deserve caching Judy’s flu for not paying attention.

“This is going to clog the drive-thru line and MY life is TOO busy to go inside!” Well, the fact that your life is too busy is the fault of your lack of scheduling prowess, not a fault of Starbuck’s.  Starbucks was nice enough to make stores with drive-thrus for convenience. If everyone uses it however, it loses it convenience. Having 3 stores out of 14 with drive-thrus here is certainly not convenient, that’s for sure, because everyone drives from all over town, making lines so long they sometimes block intersections. 20 minute wait in the drive-thru vs 4 minute wait inside. Gee, I wonder why I always go inside! I don’t like the idea of getting a ticket because I was illegally waiting in the Starbucks line, or worse, getting hit, because I refused to go park my car and walk 30 feet. There are counties in my state that don’t even allow drive-thrus due to the extra smog cars produce sitting that long! Your drink is made in a *looks at above paragraph and then adds the word CONTAMINATED just to prove a point* contaminated metal pitcher, and it sits waiting for you to produce your cup at the drive-thru. It’s not going to make the drive-thru slower than it already is. Your cup will probably never leave your sight either, so the worry of it being swapped for someone else’s is ridiculous. They will pour it right from the metal pitcher it was made in, touched by 2-3 baristas while being made mind you, into your own reusable cup, and be handed to you so you can put your own lid on it. If your spill your cup while moving it into your car a)that’s your fault, not Starbuck’s so if you sue you’re pretty damn lame and b) I should remind you that would not have happened if you went inside to order. My point is, you can always go inside. My next point is you can always go through the drive-thru and not use the cup. Or, you can refrain from buying a cup at all, because no one is making you buy a damn cup. People do exist who already use reusable cups in the drive-thru, and they’re not holding anyone up, so the new reusable cups are not going to hold YOU up, either.

If you feel like your concern is valid (despite being nonsensical and ridiculous), then just don’t buy the cup! No one is making you buy it.

seestheday
1/5/2013 8:57 PM

You couldn't have done this 20 years ago? Get with the program. Still waiting in SoCal.

seestheday
1/5/2013 8:57 PM

You couldn't have done this 20 years ago? Get with the program. Still waiting in SoCal.

seestheday
1/5/2013 8:57 PM

You couldn't have done this 20 years ago? Get with the program. Still waiting in SoCal.

Vancouver BCEE
1/6/2013 12:15 AM

I get carry out coffee purely for convenience; so, there is no way that I would buy in to this.  It would be easier for me to make my own coffee at home / work than rinse out the milk residue from my $1 cup and then carry it around with me in the event that I might want a coffee.  Paper (wood) is a compostable, renewable resource and is non-toxic.  Plastic on the other hand... This is Ridiculous with a capital R and not at all "like bringing your own bag when you shop for groceries."  You have got to he kidding me!

krblack
1/6/2013 6:05 AM

Just found one at a metro Detroit Starbucks inside a Target.  Very excited!

krblack
1/6/2013 6:05 AM

Just found one at a metro Detroit Starbucks inside a Target.  Very excited!

krblack
1/6/2013 6:05 AM

Just found one at a metro Detroit Starbucks inside a Target.  Very excited!

FreeBreve
1/6/2013 6:34 AM

Are they BP-A free? Has anyone asked this?

If SBux is soooo committed to reducing waste why don't they push "for here" cups by asking every single customer if it's for here or to go?

This is typical BS green washing. SBux doesn't give a rat's patoot! Go local people. Local places may be more stuck up, harder to find and not always open, but they at least make a more believable effort toward sustainability.

Julie MEQ
1/6/2013 7:03 AM

Thanks for quantifying the savings by product per pound. I feel strongly that consumers need this information in order to understand impact.

kkats
1/6/2013 8:38 AM

I'm confused, if they make it in a disposable cup and pour it into your reusable, what is the point, either they thow away a cup or you do>?

kkats
1/6/2013 8:38 AM

I'm confused, if they make it in a disposable cup and pour it into your reusable, what is the point, either they thow away a cup or you do>?

kkats
1/6/2013 8:38 AM

I'm confused, if they make it in a disposable cup and pour it into your reusable, what is the point, either they thow away a cup or you do>?

denimlee
1/6/2013 8:42 AM

People people people, you all have Starbucks reusable cups mugs in your cupboards. Use them, you should already know you get a discount when you use them. Why would Starbucks offer a cup for $1? What are you going to do with the cup in a week? Leave it somewhere because it only cost you a dollar and have it go into the landfill anyways. What Starbucks should be doing is making a disposable cup that is fully recycle able and then every garbage system in US and Canada would save the landfill. A biodegradable coffee cup, imagine the possibilities. And then Starbucks could have their own recycling contract, and use the paper to make the cute little bags they put your food in, or even just make paper napkins. Insightful!

Only in the northwest would you be convinced to buy your own coffee cup each morning, what a scam. For the rest of you out there, choose a travel mug the size of coffee you love to drink and take it with you where ever you go. Put it by your shoes when you get home after you wash it and keep extras in your car or office so you can be "spontaneous " Don t buy a $1 mug please

JulieKS
1/6/2013 11:58 AM

Got mine last week in Syracuse NY...LOVE IT!!

carolinasofina
1/6/2013 4:00 PM

Great idea.  As it is, the paper cups get reused by me several times each, before I put them into our local recycling.  I have had baristas look at me a bit funny when I bring in my own cup from a previous use (clean) and request the discount. Hey, why not. They're good for three to five fill-ups, and I figure I've done a small service to our environment. (Especially when I recycle them at home. I'm not convinced of the job that Starbucks does with their recycling, as most customers don't seem to pay attention where the individual cups, lids and sleeves are to go.)

carolinasofina
1/6/2013 4:00 PM

Great idea.  As it is, the paper cups get reused by me several times each, before I put them into our local recycling.  I have had baristas look at me a bit funny when I bring in my own cup from a previous use (clean) and request the discount. Hey, why not. They're good for three to five fill-ups, and I figure I've done a small service to our environment. (Especially when I recycle them at home. I'm not convinced of the job that Starbucks does with their recycling, as most customers don't seem to pay attention where the individual cups, lids and sleeves are to go.)

jtberk1
1/6/2013 5:43 PM

Can someone answer if the cup is microwave safe?? This is important to me. Thanks!

acoffman
1/6/2013 5:50 PM

This is great in theory, but from a sanitary standpoint procedures need to be put in place to sanitize the re-useable cup prior to in being brought into a restaurant kitchen.  I don't feel like getting someone's diseases!

MattK
1/6/2013 6:26 PM

@owlmothbat Right on!!!

olucy
1/6/2013 6:52 PM

I think that's a positive, wonderful step, however......why start where the population is so low?  Why not start in the GTA where it will make a difference?

olucy
1/6/2013 6:52 PM

I think that's a positive, wonderful step, however......why start where the population is so low?  Why not start in the GTA where it will make a difference?

olucy
1/6/2013 6:52 PM

I think that's a positive, wonderful step, however......why start where the population is so low?  Why not start in the GTA where it will make a difference?

olucy
1/6/2013 6:52 PM

I think that's a positive, wonderful step, however......why start where the population is so low?  Why not start in the GTA where it will make a difference?

andidal
1/6/2013 6:57 PM

This sounds great, does it come in Venti, and it is BPA-free? Otherwise, I sure like the idea... I usually reuse my doubled Venti cup over and over for tea, until it comes apart @ the seams!! :) Thanks for the concern for the enviro.

owlmothbat
1/6/2013 11:35 PM

YES IT IS BPA FREE! States so right on the cup.

I have used mine in the microwave and dishwasher and it's fine. I have no idea if it is giving me cancer, but what doesn't give you cancer these days?

drsabbott
1/7/2013 4:02 AM

Great idea! Looking forward to its making its way East...

Brown Reeka
1/7/2013 5:50 AM

Does this new cup keep the outside cool so a sleeve isn't necessary?  

mvpco
1/7/2013 8:54 AM

This cup sold out in my local SB in the first day! Hope a new shipment arrives SOON. I assume it will come in the standard sizes (tall, grande, venti)?

mvpco
1/7/2013 8:55 AM

This cup sold out in my local SB on the first day! Hope a new shipment arrives SOON. I assume it will come in the standard sizes (tall, grande, venti)?

OMGitsLily
1/7/2013 9:17 AM

This makes me so happy! I can't wait for these cheaper cups to hit NY!! Looking forward to it :)

eco_ish
1/7/2013 10:02 AM

Sounds like a good effort, but I heard from a Starbucks barista that the cups are only good for about 30 uses, and that after that, the plastic starts to break down and it's no longer safe to drink from it. If it's only good for 30 uses and then has to be tossed, Starbucks is only contributing to the global junk plastic waste problem. If you're not going to build something to last, don't build it at all. Unfortunately, this appears to be just another greenwashing stunt from Starbucks to make up for the fact that they contribute to millions (if not billions) of non-recyclable paper cups being trashed every year.

sbx_slon, can you confirm that it's only good for 30 uses, as my barista let me know? And if so, why?

terri007
1/7/2013 11:35 AM

Great idea!  Leave it to a great coffee house like Starbucks to think of this great idea. I cannot wait fr them to come to Ontario. Pergect gift ideas too.

KarenTX
1/7/2013 5:01 PM

Doesn't anyone know about marketing.  Starbucks is rolling the cup out in Grande size first because it is the most bought size.  They will see if the cup even goes over well.  If it seems like everyone is buying them, they will produce them in a venti size soon.

I know they are not allowed to touch the lid, but they touch the lid on every cup they hand across if it is their cup so what's the big deal.  I have seen them wash out cups that people brought in with hot water, which is nice as sometimes you don't have a chance to wash it out if it is in the car.  It also serves to heat the cup which keeps your coffee hot longer.

Maybe if you write on your cup your name and favorite drink there would be no reason to have a sticky on your cup.  If you have more than one favorite, write it up and down two sides and tell them to make one or the other.

jmoellering
1/9/2013 6:14 AM

I was thrilled to see these in my local Starbucks in metro Detroit. After reading earlier comments, I didn't expect to see them outside of the Pacific Northwest for a while. What a great surprise this morning!

chisoxfox
1/9/2013 8:34 AM

Will the $0.10 discount apply at your Pennsylvania Turnpike locations?

KendraG2
1/12/2013 11:20 AM

I don't see how a reuseable cup can really be used for any type of drink that might have to be mixed or stirred (flavored latte, for example).  Let's say someone brings in a reuseable mug, and they make a caramel latte. They have to use a utensil to stir up the flavor, right? so now that spoon has just gone into someone's dirty cup that has who knows what in it. If you're lucky the spoon gets rinsed (not washed) and now it goes into your drink next.  They don't use a new spoon for each person. The "touching" by a person of the cup doesn't bother more, it's more the different utensils that have to be inserted into the drink that is gross.  I imagine this is why people are saying they make the drink in a paper cup anyway and then pour it in... but think about the ones that are made right in the cup! Ugh.  They should not allow any drinks in reuseable cups where the utensils, spouts, etc have to go right in the drink/cup. Unless that is a rule and people just don't follow it...


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