Starbucks promises sustainability by reducing waste and conserving water

The company plans to reduce carbon emissions, conserve water and reduce waste sent to landfills -- all by 50%

Starbucks is going green.

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The coffee chain announced Tuesday that it is committing to becoming more eco-friendly in all aspects of the company, including agricultural practices, manufacturing, delivery and in-store operations.

In an open letter to customers, stakeholders and partners, CEO Kevin Johnson said the company plans to take five steps to become more environmentally friendly.

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Those steps include: expanding plant-based options on the menu, using reusable packaging instead of single-use, investing in “regenerative agricultural practices,” investing in improved waste management, and developing “more eco-friendly stores, operations, manufacturing and delivery,” Johnson wrote.

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Johnson also announced the company’s three goals for 2030.

The company plans to reduce its carbon emissions for direct operations and supply chain by 50 percent.

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Starbucks also plans to conserve or replenish 50 percent of the water it uses and reduce its waste that is sent to landfills by 50 percent.

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According to Johnson’s letter, the company will formalize those goals in 2021, Starbucks’ 50th anniversary.

“The journey we undertake is not only the right one for Starbucks responsibility as a corporate citizen of the world but is also fundamental to our brand relevance and, therefore, our overall business results,” Johnson wrote.

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