Starbucks to start charging for disposable cups

January 9, 2018 by  
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2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are tossed away every single year in the United Kingdom, according to Member of Parliament (MP) Mary Creagh , and Starbucks is planning a new initiative to see if they can persuade drinkers to switch to reusable cups . In 20 to 25 central London locations, they’ll charge five British pennies for a disposable cup and then donate the resulting funds to the Hubbub Foundation for a behavior change study. Will a 5-pence (p) charge convince Londoners to drink their Starbucks in reusable cups? The coffee chain hopes to find out with a three-month-long trial commencing in February. In a statement , they detailed their efforts to influence coffee drinkers to make the change, from implementing a 10p incentive in 1998 to a 50p discount in 2016, but say a mere 1.8 percent of their customers are using reusable cups. Related: This giant Cup Monster wants Starbucks to use recyclable cups It seems they have a motivation to try something new. MPs want a 25p latte levy – and a total ban on disposable cups by 2023 if they aren’t all getting recycled . Starbucks’ disposable cup isn’t easily recyclable due to a thin layer of plastic to help keep a beverage hot. Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said the UK’s 2.5 billion thrown-away disposable cups could circle the Earth five and a half times, saying, “Almost none are recycled and half a million a day are littered. Coffee cup producers and distributors have not taken action to rectify this and the government has sat on its hands.” Starbucks said they’d boost efforts to ensure customers drinking coffee in their shops are offered a ceramic option, as well as reminding customers about the 25p discount for using a reusable cup with in-store marketing. The 5p charge money will go towards a study to help the chain better understand how they can encourage people to choose reusable cups. Via the BBC , Starbucks , and Inc. Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Low-impact Abbotsford Eco House uses recycled materials wherever possible in Melbourne

January 9, 2018 by  
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Recycled and reclaimed materials are fitted throughout the Abbotsford Eco House, a sustainable residence that earned a 7.5+ Green Star rating for its energy-efficient features. Design and planning company First Angle completed the home for a client seeking a sustainable low-impact home in Melbourne. In addition to recycled construction material, the designers also turn to recycling in other parts of structure from recaptured heat to recycled rainwater and treated gray water. The Abbotsford Eco House was built largely from materials sourced from the original home on site as well as reclaimed materials taken from local second-hand shops. To minimize energy usage, First Angle placed the residence on a north-east orientation for optimized cross ventilation and solar access for natural heating. Concrete mass stone-clad walls and polished concrete floors throughout the home capture heat during the day and dissipate it at night. Hydronic heating installed in the insulated concrete floor slab complements the natural heating. The designers also take advantage of the stack effect to naturally cool the home in summer. Related: Beautiful Northcote Solar Home shows off modern energy-efficient family living High-performance woolen thermal insulation and double-glazed windows help lock in internal temperatures. Harvested rainwater is reused for flushing toilets and irrigation. A treatment system filters and recycles gray water throughout the home. The interior decorating also echoes the eco-friendly ethos with some of the pieces also salvaged and repaired. + First Angle Photos by Catherine Bailey

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Pocket Protector: Your New Coffee Cup Fits In Your Pocket

August 12, 2015 by  
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The next time you find yourself sitting in a coffee shop slowly sipping a steamy latte, take a look around you and count the disposable coffee cups. I am betting you’ll lose count. Increasingly, you’re given a paper cup and plastic lid whether…

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How Starbucks plans to reduce its paper cup waste

January 4, 2013 by  
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The coffee chain unveils a new program aimed at changing customer behavior.

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Starbucks’ Cup Competition Rewards Innovations for Reuse

June 18, 2010 by  
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The winner of a competition sponsored by Starbucks to gather ideas for reducing paper cup use isn’t a cup at all, but a concept for encouraging customers to bring their own cups for possible free drinks.

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