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 Stand.earth's response to the news: https://www.stand.earth/starbucks-pledge-response
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 Stand.earth, 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
Stand.earth has committed to delivering this petition directly to CEO Kevin Johnson at Starbucks Seattle headquarters for us!