Starbucks is ready to phase out single-use packaging. And this time they mean it.
The Seattle-based coffee chain announced Jan. 21 it wants to cut waste and move away from single-use packaging, including plastics, as part of an effort to cut its carbon footprint. It didn't release specifics, but says it will set "ambitious circular targets."
As Steve Toloken writes: The new announcement comes 12 years after Starbucks committed in 2008 to have 25 percent of it beverages served in reusable containers by 2015.
But it fell wildly short, with As You Sow quoting company figures for 2016, the last year statistics are available, that estimated that only 1.4 percent of beverages were served in reusables. The announcement follows Starbucks' move to ditch its iconic green straws.