Starbucks will discontinue disposable cups in South Korea by 2025

A barista washes at a sink inner a Starbucks Coffee Korea Co. store in Gimpo, South Korea.

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Starbucks has pledged to halt disposable cups in South Korea by 2025 because it goals to cut its world landfill wreck in half of by the tip of the last decade.

The coffee huge has prolonged promised to cut down the roughly 7 billion disposable cups it runs by yearly, virtually all of which cease up in landfills. For a few years, with a short interruption right by the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, the company has equipped a 10 cent cut stamp to potentialities who lift in cups, but few contrivance shut that option.

After Starbucks announced last year that it plans to alter into “resource sure” within the raze, the company has been environment extra dreams to cut down on water exercise, carbon emissions and wreck. On Tuesday, the company acknowledged it would speed a two-month pilot for a borrow-and-return program all the contrivance by 5 cafes in Seattle, where it’s headquartered. The company announced on Monday a sequence of most up-to-the-minute targets for its South Korean market, including decreasing its carbon footprint by 30% by 2025.

Because it seeks to segment out single-exercise cups for its coffee, Starbucks plans to introduce a round cup program in South Korea to slowly wait on potentialities to reuse mugs and cups. This summer season, the chain plans to roll out a program all the contrivance by snatch cafes in Jeju that permits customers to pay a minute deposit for a reusable cup, which they’ll return at a contactless return kiosk.

Shares of Starbucks rose abou 1% in morning shopping and selling. The company’s stock has risen 64% over the last year, giving it a market rate of $131 billion.