Our community has proven again and again that small actions add up to great things.
Unlike recycling, reuse is a closed-loop: no extra energy and no eventual waste. But so often, it is dismissed as unscalable.
Together, we can show just how impactful reuse can be.
In 2020, Starbucks established goals to reduce carbon, water and waste by 50% by 2030 as part of its commitment to be a resource positive company. To help them get there, Ridwell is partnering with Starbucks to provide an easy way for our members to participate in the Starbucks Borrow a Cup program. Starbucks is testing this program in select West Seattle stores for a limited time starting at the beginning of April.Join the pilot
Let us know you’d like to participate.
Next time you go to a participating Starbucks café, ask to borrow a reusable cup. Order ahead on the Starbucks App by selecting the program from the “Merchandise” section of the menu tab in the app.
Clean and dry the reusable cup. Store them in the Ridwell bag we’ve provided.
Leave your Ridwell reusable cup bag in your bin on your regular pickup day.
After we collect your cups, you’ll receive your $1 credit back to your Starbucks account within the week.
Starbucks will professionally clean and sanitize the cups so they can be used again.
Where can I get a reusable Starbucks cup?
The participating Starbucks cafes are located at:
4408 Fauntleroy Way SW Seattle, WA 98126
6501 California Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98136
4706 California Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98116
9023 25th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98106
4115 4TH AVENUE S, Seattle, WA 98134
Can I put other types of beverage cups in the bag?
Unfortunately no, this is a small pilot we are trying just with Starbucks Borrow a Cup program. We can’t accept non-reusable Starbucks cups (they can go in the recycling bin if they are clean/dry!). We would love to extend our ability to offer more cup return programs in the future if this goes well!
Do I have to be part of Ridwell’s program to borrow a reusable cup from Starbucks?
No! We are happy to offer an easy return option for Ridwell members but you can also participate simply by asking for a reusable cup when you order at a participating Starbucks store and return it at a contactless kiosk in the cafe or drive thru at any participating store.
Do I have to sign-up for this in advance?
To receive the return with Ridwell cup bag we do need to know you plan to participate. You can sign up here. To use Starbucks Borrow a Cup program in general though all you have to do is ask to borrow a reusable cup when you order at a participating store!
Can I only return the cups via the Ridwell bag?
No! You can also bring the cup you borrowed from Starbucks back to a participating store and return it via their kiosk.
What happens if I forget to return a cup or lose it?
When you choose the Borrow a Cup option from Starbucks you’ll pay a $1 deposit, refunded to your Starbucks Rewards account (along with 10 Bonus Stars!) when you return the cup - either at the kiosk at the store or when we collect them from your Ridwell bin (credits will appear within one week of pick up). If you do not return a cup that you borrowed through this program you will not receive the $1 credit and bonus stars.