Introducing the Starbucks Upcycled Flavorlock™ Pouch by Starbucks Malaysia, now available in all stores in West Malaysia with further roll-outs to East Malaysia on 15th April. For every pouch purchased, RM1 will be channeled to YWCA KL to contribute to the Vocational Training Opportunity Centre (VTOC), where curriculums have been built around empowering young girls and women from the B40 communities.

The Starbucks Upcycle Flavorlock™ Pouch is only made possible with the tens of thousands of customers who have donated their used Flavorlock Whole Bean bags at Starbucks stores across Malaysia since 2019. These whole bean bags which was once used to hold our package coffee has been upcycled with due diligence and care by the young girls and women of YWCA, from cleaning to matching the cloths that make the linings of the bags. That means, no one bag is identical!

By upcycling our whole bean packaging, we are effectively reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact associated with our business. Our aim is to both create a positive impact on our planet as well as the help the B40 community to improve their livelihoods through the VTOC Sewing & Tailoring course. This program will not only help the students earn an income with the skills that they are learning, but ultimately, they will also learn about entrepreneurship so that they may one day start their own business.

In 2019, we partnered with the YWCA Kuala Lumpur, a non-profit organization that works for the development of women and girls irrespective of race, religion, culture, and socio-economic circumstances. Some of the projects run by YWCA KL today include a shelter for women in crisis based in Klang Valley, a preschool kindergarten, an edible garden and an onsite vocation school for young women in KL called the Vocational Opportunity Centre (VTOC). The VTOC program includes Culinary, Tailoring and many more.

For the upcycling campaign, customers can upcycle their used Flavorlock(™) Coffee Bags at all Starbucks stores. For every used Starbucks Flavorlock Coffee Bag donated, customers are entitled to a 10% discount when they purchase any Starbucks Whole Bean coffee (except Sunway Lagoon)

Product Description

Each of the Starbucks Upcycled Flavorlock™ Pouch is handmade with Starbucks Wordmark zippers and Starbucks Malaysia label is sewn in the inner part of the pouch.

The inner lining of the pouch is from remnant high-quality fabrics donated by sofa upholsterers, curtain vendors and others; instead of disposing them to landfills. These remnants come in a range of patterns and colors and are matched by our volunteers according to concepts or color schemes.

Once matched, the fabrics are cut to shape for sewing. Every Starbucks Upcycled Flavorlock™ Pouch is uniquely different. and just like coffee, there are many hands and care to create a great cup of coffee. The Starbucks Upcycled Flavorlock(™) pouches ​are finally sewn by VTOC graduates and seamstress from B40 communities seeking to improve their livelihoods through sewing.

Retail price: RM39

Product Care Instructions

  • Handle with Care (Can’t be pulled or stretched too much as the coffee bag will tear)
  • To Clean, wipe exterior & interior with cloth dipped in soapy water
  • Do Not Machine Wash
  • Do Not Tumble Dry
  • Do Not Dry Clean
  • Do Not Iron
  • Do Not Bleach

For more information about YWCA KL:

Volunteer with us!

Volunteer with us at YWCA's Vocational Training Opportunity Centre to participate and learn about the upcycling process. The volunteering session will be on every second Saturday of the month starting from July 2022.
Join us in making a difference and register now!

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