A better cup for all

Starbucks is the first and only national coffeehouse in the U.S. to offer customers the option to use their clean personal cup for every visit at company-owned stores, including drive-thru and when they make a mobile order. See how it works and learn more about our sustainable packaging initiatives and goals.

Towards a more sustainable cup

We've set an ambitious goal for our cups to be 100% compostable, recyclable, or reusable; sourced from 50% recycled materials; and made using 50% less virgin fossil fuel derived sources by 2030. In the U.S. and Canada, we’re rolling out a more sustainable and accessible cold cup made with 10-20% less plastic – just one way we’re driving single-use packaging innovation.

    In-store recycling and composting bins where services are available. Starbucks developed a Partner Waste and Recycling App, informed by partners (employees), that helps store partners know exactly what can be recycled or composted for their specific zip code.

    $10 million investment in Circular Services to improve recycling infrastructure in the U.S.

    Moving away from lid stoppers in favor of recyclable lid stickers

    Straws made with compostable material or paper

Reusable revolution

We are making it easier for customers to use reusable cups and help reduce cup waste sent to landfills. Since the option became available for customers to order with a personal cup for every visit in the U.S., nearly 400,000 Starbucks Rewards members have brought in a personal cup, including 150,000 customers for the first time, and 20% of baristas are using a personal cup for their shift beverage.

    For-here cups: Available in all company-owned stores in the U.S. with café seating

    Returnable cups: Over 30 tests in more than 20 markets globally

    Bring your own clean personal cup: Available in all order channels, including drive-thru and the Starbucks app, in North America

Starbucks Becomes First National Coffee Retailer to Accept Reusable Cups for Drive-thru and Mobile Orders

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In addition, Starbucks supports sustainable packaging policies that:

  • Help reduce waste sent to landfills by supporting improved recycling and organics diversion
  • Help accelerate reuse as a key component of the circular economy
  • Reduce complexity and promote circularity by setting globally harmonized definitions and standards

*Some of the initiatives mentioned above are in development and expected to launch by the end of 2024.