In the fight against wasteful, single-use plastic packaging, many cafes are adopting reusable cup programs that encourage customers to bring their own drinking vessels. While this is a practical way for the average person to cut down on waste when they go for a quick coffee run from home or the office, most people don't carry eco-friendly drinking containers to hold different kinds of drinks when they travel. To remedy this, Starbucks is now testing a program at London's Gatwick Airport that gives customers the chance to borrow a reusable cup with their order and simply drop it off in a bin once they've finished drinking.
The collected cups that have been dropped off at a Cup Check-In point will be washed, sterilized and reused to further cut down on waste. As part of this reusable cup program, Starbucks aims to save 7,000 disposable cups.