Coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world, and it’s common to see people in coffee shops around the world doing their part to help the environment by using reusable cups, but it turns out that not all Starbucks green initiatives are as green as they appear, and Starbucks doesn’t actually use all green materials in the production of their coffee.
Much like all large-scale food and beverage companies, Starbucks purchased their roasted beans from the processor BTEX: Breeders, Farmer, Exporters, Retailers, and Exporters, they then ordered specialty coffees from the three specialty roasters, Starbucks, Verismo and Peet’s, and packaged them into the 22.5 ounce and 16 ounce Starbucks Grindables cans, sold to the public for a relatively low $3.59 price. Most customers didn’t know that the beverage they were purchasing contained recycled coffee from African countries. Step 1: How the program works When Starbucks sources coffee beans, they buy directly from coffee farmers. The average coffee farmer isn’t given the option to opt-out of using rain water, so they use the source of their own source of water for drinking and cooking.
Starbucks and their green initiatives
According to CNN, Starbucks only uses organic certified arabica beans in their Starbucks Reserve Roasteries and blends, although this doesn’t seem to be the case in regular Starbucks stores. Other notable green Starbucks measures include their reusable, ethically sourced ceramic cups, and doing away with plastic straws and lids, replacing them with paper straws and metal sippy cups that people can purchase. Additionally, Starbucks has partnered with Good Food Institute for the production of their plant-based, non-dairy milks in their stores, producing both Almond and Cashewmilk, which do have an environmental footprint, and unfortunately it isn’t the only sustainable ingredient they use in their products.
What blenders do Starbucks use?
So what blenders do Starbucks use ? Starbucks’ business model requires them to purchase large quantities of coffee, especially of the ground beans variety, and while the coffee beans come from all over the world, many of the trees they grow to make the coffee also reside in Africa. In an effort to help reduce their environmental footprint, Starbucks has cut down their dependence on purchasing coffee by over 65% (thanks to an initiative known as Fair Trade). To do this, Starbucks began working with a number of small coffee farms in Nicaragua and Ethiopia in order to help the farms cut down on their reliance on coffee beans, and cut down on their use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. With this program in place, Starbucks claims that they reduced their environmental footprint by 91% with the purchase of coffee.
You may be thinking, what’s wrong with a little plastic in my blender? In my opinion, as long as it’s not harmful to the environment, that’s perfectly fine. But remember, too much plastic in our environment is not good for it, either. Plastic waste is a growing problem in many areas, and studies have shown that plastic products in the environment have a high concentration of toxic chemicals. By reducing plastic in your everyday life, you are helping the environment in more ways than one. If you have any questions about how to reduce your plastic waste, please feel free to ask! You can also reach out to Starbucks here.