Submitted by Andrew on Tue, 03/02/2015 - 11:04

Starbucks is leading the green charge one bean at a time.

Rotate your body 360 degrees just about anywhere in downtown Manhattan and you’re almost guaranteed to spot a Starbucks cafe. They’re everywhere!

The Starbucks phenomenon isn’t just limited to the States, either. Starbucks is well and truly a global organisation with over 21,000 stores in 65 countries (including 24 cafes across Australia).

That means a lot of milk (over 90 million gallons a year), a stack of cups (well over two billion to be precise), huge energy consumption and the collective pupil dilations of millions around the world.

Starbucks has recognised their responsibility in reducing energy consumption and are leading the charge with innovative solutions to address environmental challenges.

Going green from bean to cup:

  • Starbucks is creating more eco-conscious LEED certified stores on a global scale
  • They plan to use renewable energy to reduce energy consumption by 25% in stores by the end of 2015
  • They’ve reduced total water consumption by 21.1% since 2008
  • In 2008 they brought in front-of-store recycling bins
  • 2012 saw the introduction of EarthSleeve™ cups resulting in the saving of nearly 100,000 trees a year

Plus, they continue to work closely with coffee farmers in mitigating the impact of pollution and emissions during typical farming processes.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out all of the other incredible initiatives Starbucks is brewing up to help conserve the environment.

Planet protectors and they make a seriously mean Latte - that’s why Starbucks takes out our Greenie of the Month award.