Starbucks is refusing to accept reusable cups because of coronavirus

As if runs on hand sanitiser and non-recyclable face masks weren’t enough, the coronavirus has struck a fresh blow to environmentalism – this time at Starbucks.

Earlier this week, the coffee giant said that it was suspending its use of reusable cups in the US, including hard plastic and ceramic mugs. And now, Starbucks has rolled out the same measures in its UK.

However, the coffee chain has said that if you do bring your reusable cup into a branch, you’ll still get a 25p discount…even though you won’t actually be able to use it.

The coffee chain’s Europe spokesman, Robert Lynch, said: ‘Out of an abundance of caution, we are pausing the use of personal cups or tumblers in our stores across the UK.

‘However, we will continue to honour our 25p discount for anyone who brings in a personal cup.’

Over in America, signs are popping up at all branches claiming that the move against reusable cups ‘is one more precaution we can take to protect the health of our community.’

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