A coffee cup on a counter at a Starbucks on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The company is testing compostable cups in five major cities. James Leynse / Corbis via Getty Images Starbucks is pilot testing environmentally friendly cups that look and feel just like the company’s normal cups, but the plastic lining has been replaced with a compostable liner, making the cups recyclable and compostable, according to CNN . The coffee giant is introducing the cups in five major markets: New York, San Francisco, Seattle, London and Vancouver. The shift in lining means the cups can be thrown into an industrial composter, as CNN reported. Finding its way to sustainability has been a rough road for Starbucks. The company found success in purchasing enough renewable energy to power stores in the U.S. and Canada. However, when it comes to improving its ubiquitous cups, the company has come up short. A goal to serve 25 percent of its drinks in reusable cups by 2015 was scaled back. By 2018, only 2 percent of the company’s drinks were in reusable cups, according to The Verge . The new cups are part of the NextGen Cup Challenge – an open-sourced, […]

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