Why This Matters:
There are times when — particularly with respect to health and safety — single-use plastic items are a necessity. This coronavirus outbreak is one of those times. But there should be alternatives that can be disposed of safely — that is why the Starbucks cup challenge is so important. Starbucks (and its customers) have struggled with finding a more sustainable cup — according to The Verge, they had to scale back promises to serve 25% of their drinks in reusable cups by 2015 — and only 2% of the company’s drinks had been served in such vessels, but coronavirus is likely to drive that number down again.
We will keep you posted on how the company’s cup challenge fares — because ODP, like many of its readers, runs on coffee!