Do You Think Starbucks Is Sustainable?

When you’re out on the road, sometimes you have to settle for crappy coffee. Avoiding gas station coffee is of utmost importance, but that often leaves you with Starbucks. I always leave Starbucks thinking the same thing: They like to market themselves as sustainable, but are missing out on quite an opportunity. 

As a trash dude, I’m always looking at waste streams and how an establishment is designed to handle them. Starbucks (and any coffee shop for that matter) has a severely simple one. On the back end, there’s coffee grinds and cardboard. I saw that Starbucks has had the Grounds for Your Garden campaign since 1995…none of the employees had any idea what this was. Smart for Starbucks though, as it saves them on waste hauling fees and greens them up in the consumer’s eyes.

Just by taking a peek in their trash cans, their waste consists of plastic and glass bottles, and plastic…

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