Starbucks: Serving Black Coffee With A Green Thumb

Starbucks: Serving Black Coffee With A Green Thumb

Hanna Al-Aloosi, Staff Writer

Starbucks: the place everyone knows of and if they don’t…they’re living under a rock.

Starbucks: a place that has coffee, tea, and food that is extremely scrumptious.

Starbucks: a company that wants to make the world a better place.

Starbucks is an overall amazing place; so, as of November 2021, according to Wikipedia, there are 33,833 stores in 80 countries–and half of them are in the United States. With their awesome coffee choices, mouth-watering food, and overall warm feeling once walking into one of the Starbucks, it’s evident they don’t just have a sweet tooth; they have a green thumb. “I just found out about this the other day and didn’t think it was true, but then I read up on it, and it makes sense!” states Justyn Rhyne, a sophomore at EHS. “I mean, Starbucks’ logo is green for a reason, right?”

According to the Starbucks website, by 2030, they plan to lead a new era of decarbonization solutions, provide onsite solar availability at stores, and in this year, expand to 55 new solar pilot store locations alone. Their objectives include cutting carbon emissions in half in direct operations and replenishing half of the water being taken for coffee production. 

Rhyne offers his input on the plan: “I think just having this kind of company that many people of various ages go to is amazing. I hope this will give people a push, too, and follow in the footsteps of Starbucks in a way.” Of course, that would be great, as Starbucks is undertaking so many steps to help in the communities they are based in. For example, farmers are able to go to their local Starbucks and get free coffee grounds as a fertilizer for their projects. Additionally, Starbucks even plans to have large-print and Braille menus for low-vision and blind individuals to be issued in Canada and the United States. Starbucks seems to have a lot on their plate, right?

More is to come from this company, with them helping in such a variety of ways. “Overall, I just think this is something that I am looking forward to seeing all be done by 2030, which will come before we know it!” Justyn concludes. No wonder so many people visit Starbucks–or should start going there. Starbucks isn’t just green for no reason.