On January 2, 2013 Starbucks began selling reusable plastic cups at all its company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada. Starbucks has always sold reusable tumblers, and given a discount to customers who bring in reusable cups, but the company hopes this new low-price effort will help curb environmental waste.
Food and beverage retailers face pressure to reduce the amount of disposable cups and containers that ends up in landfills or litters streets and waterways. Thousands of people have signed petitions on http://Change.org , a website that promotes social change, urging companies to promote reusable options and abandon polystyrene foam packaging, which is rarely recycled.
These are some related petitions - http://www.change.org/search?u.....sable+cups
The recyclable cups are marked to measure grande or tall servings – Starbucks lingo for 16-ounce and 12-ounce sizes, respectively. Customers who use the cup or any other reusable container get a 10-cent discount for each refill as well as a boiling water cleanse for the receptacle. The eco-friendly cups were tested in 600 stores in the Pacific Northwest over the past few months before rolling them out nationwide and in Canada.
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