Starbucks is following China’s lead in cutting down its carbon footprint by cutting its carbon, waste and water use by 505 by 2030. China announced that it was currently banning all single-use plastics in major cities and by 2022 in every city and town through the country
In order for Starbucks to reach its goals of drastically cutting its carbon emissions, water use snd waste it sends to landfills by 50% it plans to restrict its use of single-use plastics as well as offer more plant-based foods.
CEO Kevin Johnson said it is the coffee chain’s goal to become what he calls ‘resource positive’.
Starbucks is in the process of testing out reusable products at its different locations starting out at the Gatwick Airport in the UK. And beginning with its breakfast menu will be testing out meat alternatives, offered a spokesperson with the company.
Starbucks said earlier this month that in the US it began to serve more plant-based coffee beverages which includes testing out the use of oat milk especially in the Midwestern states, adding that it is already testing meat alternatives for its breakfast menu there too. Its customers will begin to see more plant-based options that will be offered this year and in the years to come.
The company has been targeted by environmental groups as contributing to the global pollution of the planet. One group, Clean Water Action estimated that the Starbucks restaurant chains uses over 8,000 paper cups in a minute.
Two years ago, Starbucks began to take steps toward improving its ecological impact and sustainability by eliminating all plastic straws by the end of this year.
Johnson said in an open letter that was published on Tuesday, Jan, 21, 2020, that Starbucks must “think bigger and do much more in partnership with others to take care of the planet we share and the effort will require transformational change, which like most things that are worthwhile, will not be easy.”
Johnson also added that the company’s goal will mean that it will need to store more carbon that it uses, getting rid of waste and returning more clean fresh water than it uses.
Switching to re-usable packaging, adding more plant-based drink and food options, practicing regenerative environmental behavior in agriculture and waste and making their stores ‘eco-friendly’ will all help Starbucks to achieve its goal of reducing its carbon footprint and become ‘resource positive’.