Environmental Stewardship

We share our customers' commitment to the environment.

And we believe in the importance of caring for our planet and encouraging others to do the same. As a company that relies on an agricultural product, it makes good business sense. And as people living in the world, it is simply the right thing to do.

  1. Recycling

    It’s a big challenge and we’re making big progress. We’re trying to develop more environmentally friendly cups and are working hard to expand our recycling programme in an effort to reduce the waste we create. 

    Learn More About Recycling & Reducing Waste

  2. Energy

    We are proud of the work we have done to be more energy efficient and we’re committed to further minimising our energy consumption and using renewable sources of energy to lower our impact on the planet.

    Learn More About Energy Conservation

  3. Water

    We all have to work carefully with one of our most valuable natural resources and we’re evaluating our store design, equipment and operations to identify ways to continue to reduce the amount of water we use.

    Learn More About Water Conservation

  4. Green Building

    We’re making our stores as green as we can by using responsible building materials and energy efficient designs to reduce our environmental footprint.

    Learn More About Building Greener Stores

  5. Climate Change

    Climate change poses a serious threat to the world’s coffee-growing regions and we’re aggressively pursuing strategies to address this problem and help farmers mitigate the impact.

    Learn More About Tackling Climate Change

Live from the 2010 Cup Summit

Starting Thursday, April 22 we’re convening our second cup summit. In order to reach our goal of ensuringthat 100% of our cups are reusable or recyclable by 2015, we’ve invited people from all over the industry to discuss potential solutions.

We’re including city recyclers, government leaders, raw material suppliers, NGOs, academic experts, cup manufacturers, and other retail and beverage businesses.

We want to have an open and honest discussion about the entire paper and plastic cup ecosystem. We believe waste from the paper cup can be considerably reduced if we all work together on this issue.

To encourage an open discussion among attendees, we’re keeping the meeting closed. However, we want to incorporate your questions and ideas in the dialogue. To do so, we’re hosting a live chat with Jim Hanna, our recycling expert at Starbucks, and Peter Senge, senior lecturer at MIT and founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning.

To view a recording of Jim Hanna's live chat please click here.

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