Starbucks shoppers will be able to choose between standard paper or reusable cups.
Disposable tableware is definitely very convenient. However, the issue of environmental pollution is becoming more and more acute. And it's not surprising that various companies are trying to find other approaches that will reduce pollution without sacrificing convenience.
So, it became known that visitors to London's Gatwick Airport, going to Starbucks, will be able to choose between standard paper or reusable cups. If the visitor chooses the one-time option, then he will need to pay an additional 5p (approximately 6 cents).
He will receive a reusable glass completely free of charge, then he can return it using special reception points located in five places of the southern terminal of the airport. Airport staff will collect the cups from collection points, wash them, and return them to Starbucks for reuse.
The experiment involved 2000 reusable glasses. It is expected that during the experiment, which will last one month, they will be able to replace 7,000 paper cups. In total, about 7 million disposables are thrown away every year at Gatwick Airport. Starbucks cups, of which only 5.3 million are recycled. That is, the amount of garbage produced is amazing. Not surprisingly, the leadership of Gatwick welcomed the new initiative. If it turns out to be successful, then we can expect the same to appear at other airports in the country.
Last year, Starbucks introduced a paper cup charge at all of its UK stores. Proceeds from these payments were donated to the UK Environmental Charity, which funds reusable cup trials and other environmental projects.