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 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!


Reasons for signing

  • As a former partner I know how much waste happens in one store in one day - and it's very upsetting for anyone who cares about waste and the earth we live on. It was part of the reason for me leaving, I couldn't see it everyday anymore. There are solutions, please take steps to limit waste and create more earth friendly takeaway items.
  • Almost everything Starbucks uses is recyclable but it all goes in the regular trash, except the cardboard boxes. There is so much waste here and it needs to change but it takes us partners to help implement the change as well.
  • They throw so many in the bin as well... their waste is higher than just the ones given to customers. All the staff will have their entitled beverages in takeaway cups rather than using a mug. This needs to change.

Updates

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 vanessa@stand.earth 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” https://youtu.be/s_zincYixg0

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: https://youtu.be/Bf36I2ZhD8o

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