By: Alexandra Smith
- Their approach to reducing their environmental footprint is looking at all aspects of the business to create meaningful and sustained change.
They are working to shrink their environmental footprint and meet the expectations of their customers by reducing their waste, increasing recycling and promoting reusable cups.
- They’re creating more eco-conscious stores
- They are tackling water and energy use, which is a win-win proposition: it helps reduce their environmental impact and makes good business sense.
- They have worked with Conservation International to include climate-smart agricultural practices as part of their coffee buying guidelines
By the Numbers
- In 2004, 96% of their coffee was ethically sourced through C.A.F.E. Practices, Fairtrade, or another externally audited system
- In 2006 they began offering a cup with 10% post-consumer recycled paper fiber in North America. They also include 50% post-consumer, recycled paper fiber in cups used in European markets, and 15% in their Bistro boxes in the US.
- They have cut water consumption by over 23%
- recycling and reducing waste
- water and energy conservation
- creating LEED certified stores
- Starbucks believes in helping young adults develop into strong leaders by investing in leadership skills significant for changing global economy
- For 2014, they remained one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s top ten purchasers of renewable energy in the U.S.
Since 1985 they have rewarded their customers with a discount when they bring in personal tumblers