Inspired by Emma Dando’s latest findings re: Starbuck’s wasted water saga, I’ve had a look at their website ‘Starbucks Shared Planet’ and discovered their aims and policies regarding recycling in stores. But the last update on progress to meet its targets was 2008! So, what progress has been made in the last two years?
In terms of finding solutions for ‘Greener cups’, the company says:
Our goal is that by 2015 100 percent of our cups will be reusable or recyclable. To help achieve this goal, we’ve made the following commitments:
- Developing and launching recyclable hot and cold cups by 2012
- Reducing paper and plastic cup usage in our stores by 25 percent by using reusable mugs instead
- Having recycling available in our stores
- Re-establishing glassware or ceramic mugs as our global standard for our customers who enjoy their beverages in our stores
- Converting all of our plastic cups to polypropylene in our stores in North America and Latin America, and Foodservice accounts by 2009
But has it achieved this or has any progress towards these goals been made? Since no information has been posted since 2008, I’m looking to ask the company what, if any, progress has been made and what their current waste and recycling ‘levels’/targets are in the UK.
Alongside this, I’m also curious to see what rivals Costa Coffee are doing to reduce their waste and improve recycling initiatives (I couldn’t find anything on the site about recycling cups). I’m looking to do a small survey on whether coffee shops are doing all they can to reduce waste. At our Costa in Birmingham City University, I’ve never been asked whether I want to drink my coffee in the cafe or ‘take it out’ – I’m always given a paper cup even if I sit at the table right next to the counter!
Has anyone else experienced this? My friend actually asked for a ceramic mug yesterday and was met by a look of disgust and a heavy sigh! Maybe she should have come with a tag – sorry for the inconvenience of the washing up this may cause. I’m quite intrigued to find out the company’s policy on the ‘in or out’ thing and whether employees actually should be asking all their customers their preference.
I’m on the case………thoughts/experiences/incidents of disapproving looks welcomed!