You Can Bring Your Reusable Cup to Starbucks Again—But One Thing Is Changing

Beginning June 22, the chain well let customers bring personal cups to Starbucks locations in the U.S.

You can use your personal cup at Starbucks again! Starting June 22, the chain is bringing back personal reusable cups to U.S. locations. (Hmm, which cup to choose—the London souvenir cup depicting Tower Bridge, the klutz-proof, no-spill travel tumbler or the “World’s Best Boss” mug, a la Michael Scott from The Office?)

Can You Bring a Reusable Cup to Starbucks?

Yes. Starbucks paused its reusable cup program back in March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is finally bringing it back. The program encourages customers to bring in their own cups (clean, of course) and rewards them with a 10 cent discount on each drink.

Starbucks Reusable Cups Are Going Contact-Free

Starbucks is instituting some pandemic-inspired tweaks to eliminate any shared touch points between the customer and the barista. To use a personal cup, customers will place their clean cup in a ceramic mug offered by the barista, who will makes your drink contact-free, then deliver it to the pick-up point still inside the ceramic mug. You simply pick the drink up out of the mug and take it away.

If your personal cup has a lid, you’ll hold on to that while your drink is made, and then pop it back on yourself to maintain that no-touch factor.

Why Is Starbucks Bringing Reusable Cups Back?

The program’s goal is to support the company’s commitment to reduce single-use cup waste. Starbucks has committed to reducing waste by 50% by 2030! Starbucks is working on other earth-friendly options, too, including research into cups and lids that will be easier to recycle and compost.

Your personal cup certainly doesn’t have to be one purchased at Starbucks, although there are some Starbucks cups we can’t resist, including a striking mermaid-tail cup that’s part of the Starbucks 50th Anniversary Collection. Before your next coffee run, check out the friendly habits Starbucks employees secretly dislike.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is a journalist and pop-culture junkie, and the co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?" and "The Totally Sweet '90s." She's hosted podcasts, won national headline awards, edited travel books and covered television, movies, travel and books for NBC News Digital, as well as tech and pop culture news for, food news for The Daily Meal, and business news for Inc. and Money Talks News. She is a weblog pioneer who began blogging in 1999. Her specialties include generational analysis and retro and pop-culture news.