Starbucks to develop world's first fully recyclable cup in the next three years

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Just 1 in 400 cups disposable coffee cups are recycled in the UK every year

Starbucks has committed $10 million (£7m) to create a fully recyclable and compostable coffee cup.

The global brand will work with Closed Loop Parners and its Center for the Circular Economy to launch a NextGen Cup Challenge aimed at developing an “end-to-end solution’ for disposable cups.

It aims to aims to unveil the ‘groundbreaking’ coffee cup within the next three years

Entrepreneurs working on ideas that could lead to the development of more sustainable cup solutions will be awarded grants and industry partnerships.

Rob Kaplan, managing director of Closed Loop Partners, said: "Through this partnership, the challenge will enable leading innovators and entrepreneurs with financial, technical, and expert resources to fast-track global solutions, help get those solutions to shelf, through the recovery system and back into the supply chain."

Throughout development, the solution will be open source so others can benefit and innovate on coming up with a scalable solution.

Andy Corlett, director of packaging R&D for Starbucks, said: “We want to make sure this technology is available to everyone because it’s the right thing to do.

“The idea of environmental sustainability in packaging is not just a Starbucks issue. It’s a global issue. Anything that gets us closer to that goal is not something we want to keep to ourselves.”

Starbucks is about to run a six-month internal trial of a new bio-liner made from partially plant-based materials.

Just 1 in 400 cups disposable coffee cups are recycled in the UK every year.

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