Plastic straws are also being replaced with papers ones soon to reduce waste!
After more than a year without them, reusable cups are coming back to Starbucks in Canada and you'll soon be able to get coffee and any other drink in your own mug.
Starting on August 24, company-operated locations across the country will let customers bring in their personal reusable cups and will have a new "completely contactless" system that eliminates "shared touchpoints" between customers and baristas. As an incentive, Starbucks will be bringing back the $0.10 discount for drinks in reusable cups.
When you're at the counter with your reusable cup, you'll keep the lid and place your cup in a ceramic mug. The barista will hold that mug while making your drink instead of holding your cup. The drink will be brought back to you in the mug so you can take your cup back contact-free.
For Here Ware such as mugs and cups are also making a comeback at locations where local regulations allow in-store dining after reusable cups and in-store ware were suspended in March 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns.
As another way to reduce waste, Starbucks is also introducing a new paper straw in Canada in late August for drinks that require one. The paper straw, which was chosen for its durability, is the classic shade of Starbucks green and is compostable.
In September 2020, Starbucks rolled out recyclable strawless lids for iced drinks at all locations in Canada, but plastic straws have still been available for some drinks like Frappuccinos as well as by request. At Tim Hortons, plastic straws were phased out of the nearly 4,000 Canadian locations in May 2021.