For those of us that can’t get enough Starbucks, it might be easy to forget to stop and think about the true cost of that venti iced mocha latte.
Let’s face it, big corporations have a big impact on the planet, and we too as consumers play a part in how our environment is treated. From the obvious offenses like single-use plastic to the uncertainty of how ethical and sustainable their coffee is acquired, Starbucks has plenty of room for improvement when it comes to how they treat the environment.
Luckily, Starbucks has been making big changes recently regarding environmental sustainability. With Earth Day coming up, here are 5 ways Starbucks is helping you enjoy your favorite latte while being a bit greener.
More plants, please!
Starbucks has done a great job including some of our favorite plant-based milk such as soy, almond, and coconut milk. Their current food selection also keeps in mind those of us who prefer a plant-based diet. Even better, Starbucks plans on expanding its plant-based menu so be on the lookout for even more options soon!
Single-use plastic has been canceled.
In Seattle, Starbucks stores have started giving their customers reusable cups that can then be returned to a store kiosk or in the comfort of their own home thanks to the company’s partnership with Ridwell. All across the world, Starbucks has already begun to eliminate the plastic straw and replace it with a sippable lid.
Ethical agricultural practices make a difference!
Starbucks has been working with Conservation International to achieve their milestone of sourcing 99% of their coffee ethically. By doing so, Starbucks has been able to cut its carbon emissions in half. Additionally, Starbucks is investing in water conservation and reforestation practices.
Waste? What waste?
Starbucks is implementing smarter waste management practices. The best what to get rid of waste is not to make any in the first place. But until all stores can rely on reusable packaging, Starbucks is using plastic cups and lids that are easier to recycle and compost.
Leading the way in L.E.E.D. certified storefronts.
Sustainability has the potential to be all around us and that’s exactly what Starbucks is doing with its storefronts. With numerous stores already L.E.E.D. certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Starbucks is leading the way for a sustainable experience the moment you enter their stores.