Starbucks trialing new cup liner that’s meant to be recyclable
Starbucks is testing a new, more environmentally friendly cup in select markets around the world.
The new design uses a lining material called BioPBS that is certified to be both recyclable and biodegradable, reports NBC News.
The chain is testing them in select stores in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, London and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Part of that testing is actually to confirm they can be recycled along with other paper fiber products at locations across the country and how viable it is to do so.
It’s not clear how long the test will run and Starbucks is looking for feedback about how sturdy the new cups are and how well they keep beverages hot.
NBC also notes that some customers are a location that is using the new cups noted the new offering is a bit more flimsy and also seems hotter to the touch, especially when used without a sleeve.
BioPBS is the result of a $1 million dollar contest to design a more sustainable cup.
It’s all part of the company’s pledge to move to more sustainable practices by 2022.