The mega coffee chain that pushed to move away from using plastics is now temporarily halting customer use of reusable cups.

Starbucks has announced that all drinks will now be served in disposable cups for the time being in the U.S. and Canada. Customers will be unable to use their personal cups and the coffee giant will pause using their in store  “for here” ware such as ceramic mugs.

The company released a statement Wednesday saying, “We are temporarily pausing the use of reusable cups in care of our customers and partners. In addition to sanitizing procedures in all our stores, this is one more step we can all take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Our commitment to sustainability remains unchanged." In the statement Rossann Williams, EVP and President of U.S. and Canada-operated businesses, pledged to focus on two main priorities; “caring for the health and well being of customers and partners” and “supporting local health officials and government leaders” in their attempts to contain the virus.

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Starbucks will still honor the 10 cent discount if customers bring their personal cup or asks ‘for here’ ware. Like many companies, Starbucks has also restricted all business-related air travel, both domestic and international until the end of March for their employees. To learn more on their efforts and changes, visit




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