Howard Schultz on Environment
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
In 2010, Starbucks & its suppliers announced that we had found a way to recycle used paper cups. This brings us one step closer to our goal to have 100% of Starbucks' cups be reusable or recyclable by 2015.
We also continue work toward a goal of having all new Starbucks company-owned stores LEED-certified in 2011, and to date more than 200 of our stores have either achieved or are registered for LEED green building certification. We are currently retro- fitting all of our stores with high-efficiency lighting and are on track to reduce water consumption by 25% in 2015. As of 2010, Starbucks has purchased renewable energy certificates equivalent to 50 percent of the electricity consumed in our stores.
Switching to polystyrene would have saved Starbucks $5 million a year at that point in time. But we decided against it. It didn't solve the environmental issue, and it wasn't consistent with our image. [Starbuck invented paper sleeves instead]. We decided against polystyrene cups. It didn't solve the environmental issue, and it wasn't consistent with our image.
So we decided to test market a paper sleeve. Instead of two cups, we would slip a ring of corrugated cardboard around the middle of each paper cup of regular coffee. The sleeve used only about half as much material as a second cup and even contained some recycled paper.
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