Starbucks will discontinue disposable cups in South Korea by 2025


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

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Starbucks has pledged to discontinue disposable cups in South Korea by 2025 as it aims to cut its global landfill waste in half by the end of the decade.

The coffee giant has long promised to cut down the roughly 7 billion disposable cups it runs through every year, the majority of which end up in landfills. For decades, with a brief interruption during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, the company has offered a 10 cent discount to customers who bring in cups, but few choose that option.

After Starbucks announced last year that it plans to…


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