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To: Starbucks

Starbucks: Stop being part of the plastic pollution problem

Starbucks serves 4+ billion papers cups a year and most of them cannot be recycled because of the cup's plastic lining gums up machinery at a majority of recycling facilities.

By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic in them than fish -- and Starbucks is part of the problem. 8,000+ cups a minute going into the trash, our streets, waterways, and oceans costing taxpayers and the health of our environment.

In 2008, Starbucks set a bold goal of serving coffee in recyclable cups and increasing the amount of coffee served in reusable cups (from 2%-25%) by 2015 but, they haven't delivered. Starbucks needs to recommit to this goal. We want a #bettercup.

Why is this important?

Starbucks paper cups exact a huge toll on the global plastic pollution problem -- and the majority of coffee-addicts and baristas still don't know it's happening! I've been a barista for 5 years and sustainability is important to me -- and I bet other partners agree. I'm working with, an environmental organization, to show Starbucks that partners want to see them do more for the environment by using sustainable cups.

Starbucks has emerged as the industry leader in caffeinating the world, and therefore has a duty to its customers, as well as past and present partners, to do be more responsible with their trash!

How it will be delivered has committed to delivering this petition directly to CEO Kevin Johnson at Starbucks Seattle headquarters for us!


2018-03-21 14:28:11 -0400

One day before its annual shareholder meeting, coffee giant Starbucks has announced it will commit $10 million in a partnership to bring a fully recyclable and compostable cup to market in three years. Check out's response to the news:

2018-02-06 13:40:29 -0500

UPDATE: So, far over 40,000 people have sent letters and made calls to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson to start serving a 100% recyclable cup and increase reusable mug use by 25%. This is phenomenal! And, as we get closer to the March 21st Starbucks AGM, we want to keep the pressure on.

Please reach out to [email protected] if you'd like to speak to reporters about the Starbucks cup waste problem or if you'd like to join us at the Starbucks AGM in Seattle on March 21st. We can help you get to Seattle if needed!

Starbucks executives have told us directly in a one-on-one meeting that they’re feeling the pressure from all your efforts. But, even with all this pressure, Starbucks still haven’t made firm #bettercup commitments, so we need to keep the pressure up.

Thanks for all your help!

2018-02-06 13:34:26 -0500

Have you met Spencer yet?? “Starbucks cuts down trees just for me”

2017-04-13 19:58:11 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2017-04-03 12:47:56 -0400

We crashed the Starbucks’ annual shareholder meeting in Seattle with a simple message for the company: keep your promise. Check out our video:

2017-04-02 15:39:00 -0400

500 signatures reached

2017-03-15 13:09:00 -0400

100 signatures reached

2017-03-13 18:19:08 -0400

50 signatures reached

2017-03-12 18:26:47 -0400

25 signatures reached

2017-03-10 17:11:36 -0500

10 signatures reached