Starbucks to Sell Reusable Cups for $1
Move starts tomorrow to cut down on paper waste
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 5:25 PM CST
Starbucks will start selling $1 reusable cups.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Starbucks will start selling $1 reusable plastic cups tomorrow to help cut down on paper throw-aways, reports USA Today. Customers who partake will get a 10-cent discount on coffee, meaning the plastic cup pays for itself after nine refills. Stores will offer a boiled-water rinse before refilling. Starbucks is rolling out the option nationwide after a successful test-market in the Northwest—the number of reusable cups increased by 26% over a month at the stores in the experiment. One environmentalist quoted in the story is skeptical it's enough to change behavior but welcomes it as a "step in the right direction."

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adventuregirl
Jan 4, 2013 7:56 AM CST
On top of their already insane coffee prices, now they want you to buy a cup to add to their profit? Gimme Dunkin Donuts coffee anyday for $1.00
gomer99
Jan 3, 2013 1:27 PM CST
Now.....if only they would sell USEable coffee for a buck..........
WhateverYouSay
Jan 2, 2013 11:02 PM CST
I don't like drinking coffee out of plastic or paper. I've taken in my refillable insulated aluminum cup [with lid] and they've insisted on putting my coffee into a paper cup first, then pouring that into my own cup, then they throw away the paper cup. Good grief. The oz. capacity of my cup is engraved on the bottom... absurd.