Starbucks is going eco-friendly! The world’s largest coffee shop chain is now selling a reusable $1 plastic cup at its U.S. and Canadian stores.
It's great news if you’re one of those coffee fiends who considers the Starbucks 20 oz coffee the best thing to ever happen to your morning commute, Now you can just get a refill -- assuming you’ll pass by another store, which is likely since there are about 11,100 in the U.S. alone. The new reusable white plastic cup sports the same traditional Starbucks logo and holds a tall or grande size drink.
This isn’t the Seattle-based coffee brewer’s first eco-friendly move, as it already offers customers a 10-cent discount for bringing in a reusable mug. In 2011, Starbucks served nearly 2% of all drinks sold in stores worldwide in customers’ own personal mugs, according to a company report. Starbucks’ goal is to serve 5% of all drinks in reusable cups by 2015.
Starbucks may be on to something here, because the thing about reusable mugs is they can be pricey. A reusable $1 cup is a bargain, and as with other reusable cups, Starbucks will clean this one with boiling water each time the customer brings it in.
So let’s do the math: You pay $1 for the reusable cup and get 10 cents off each time you use it. After 10 trips to Starbucks, you’ve made your money back. And once you’ve gotten that $1 back, you’ll continue to save 10 cents each time you use the cup. So,m for people who typically buy coffee every morning before work on weekdays, that’s 50 cents a week -- or $2 a month in savings.
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It may not be a bundle, but these days, there are a lot of Americans who could use a few extra bucks back in their pockets!