I’m not one to pay $3 for a cup of coffee, and I know it’s not a “local” coffee shop,
but I have to give it to Starbucks when it comes to making an effort.
Paper cups, recyclable top.
Starbucks often throws out coffee grounds in a trashcan next to the door for gardeners to take them and go. If you don’t see the trashcan full of grounds in your local Starbucks, ask the barista behind the counter how you can get the grounds for your garden! I used to pick them up weekly on my way home for my mother to sprinkle in her garden. She loved it!
Their bags are also reusable and recyclable.
Starbucks gives a 10 cent discount if you bring your own mug. They do this internationally, claiming “one person can save trees, together we can save forests.” I like that. (Speaking of reusable mugs, Lou and Liz have some great ideas on this, hoping to change their entire city!)
The reason I stop in? The oatmeal with mixed nuts and dried fruit. If I’m out and about and starting to get a headache, a full-of-sugar muffin isn’t going to do the trick, and coffee most certainly won’t help. But a small serving of oatmeal with nuts is something I can feel decent about eating. All I have to do is say, “No sugar please.”
Starbucks also sells fair trade coffee. If all companies took responsibility for their products, wouldn’t we all be better off?
If you drink coffee out of the house, where do you buy it? And what’s your favorite coffee drink?
More about Starbucks:
- Great Coffee Shop Hunt: Starbucks (traveleatrepeat.com)
- Pricing not an issue for Starbucks – Shaun Rein (chinaherald.net)
- Order a Pour-Over to Get Fresh, Properly Brewed Coffee at Starbucks [Coffee] (lifehacker.com)
- 5 minute Starbucks Slave (levonsobsessions.com)
- Earth Week Challenge: Day 3 (huffingtonpost.com)
- Free Coffee at Starbucks (suddenlyfrugal.com)