Starbucks has an impressive commitment to the environment, it even has Green Stores.

Paying attention to our daily habits can reveal which types of goods and services we use and how sustainable they really are. One of the tricks to living a sustainable lifestyle is to buy and use “green” goods and services. This is a simple step to limiting your carbon footprint!

Grabbing a coffee every morning or enjoying a sweet warm drink from Starbucks has become a part of a Canadian student’s routine. Being aware of each ingredient and the source of that ingredient can help us become more informed of how sustainable a food or beverage company is in terms of its farming, production and transportation.

How does Starbucks rank in terms of its actions towards environmental protection? There are several pillars that contribute to Starbucks Environmental Stewardship, which include recycling, energy, water, green building and climate change.

Recycling is one of the largest concerns among customers. Over the years, Starbucks has worked towards limiting the environmental impact of their cups. One of the biggest challenges that the company faces in terms of recycling is the availability of commercial recycling services near Starbucks stores. To overcome this challenge, the company has offered front-of-house recycling in many communities to ensure that cups are recycled properly. Learn more here.

Another sector that Starbucks includes in its environmental goals is energy, which is the largest contributor to its carbon footprint as a company. Two of the steps that Starbucks is taking to conserve energy is reducing energy consumption and investing in efficient heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. Learn more here.

As water is a key ingredient in most Starbucks products, the company is working towards limiting its water usage. Starbucks is doing this by using water-saving technologies, including dishwashers, blenders, espresso machines and ice machines. Learn more here.

Also, Starbucks is building greener stores, one store at a time. A few of the ways that these stores are helping to reduce environmental risks include using recycled tiled floors, using paints with a lower amount of volatile organic chemicals and installing low-flow valves. These efforts are the way towards green coffee shops, a necessary step forward in an environmentally-fragile period. Learn more here.

In addition, Starbucks has a climate change strategy to reduce its ecological footprint. One of the ways Starbucks works to combat climate change is illustrated through its partnership with Conservation International. This partnership works with farmers to encourage sustainable farming and decrease carbon emissions during the farming process. Learn more here.

No step is too small, every initiative taken by an individual corporation adds to the collective action taken by the global community. Starbucks has taken an important step forward as a leading global corporation in terms of its environmental commitments. It has identified areas that need improvement and has created new strategies, programs and initiatives to close those gaps and stand as an environmentally responsible company. Starbucks is prioritizing the environment, which should encourage other corporations to take similar approaches. Incorporating sustainability into business is starting to become more common, but it must become engrained into corporate culture in order for the world to see substantial change.  It is not too late to combat climate change, but we must act now!

What can you do? Bring your tumbler the next time you visit a Starbucks so that you can save 10 cents, and a plastic or paper cup! Although this act may seem small, every small change in your daily habits make a big difference!

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