The chain has released its first Greener Store outside the United States.
A Starbucks store located in Shangai is taking another step forward in sustainability. As the company is going for “Greener Stores” in and out of America, the first Greener Store was opened in the Pudong district in Shangai, the new Starbucks embraces a circular design approach, which aims to tackle issues like climate change and pollution.
What’s also great is that half of the menu of the store is vegan and that the milk they use by default is oat milk due to the high levels of greenhouse gas emissions generated by cattle. And more than half of the store’s menu features plant-based products, including 15 all-new food items.
These kinds of stores will be mostly run by sustainable energy and use high-efficiency light fixtures. According to Starbucks, the stores are able to decrease their overall energy and water use by 25 to 30 percent, which will save the company approximately $50 million in utilities over the next decade. This is a good example for other companies that you can go green and also make a lot of money in the process.
In 2018, the company committed to opening 10,000 Greener Stores around the world by 2025. “We know that designing and building green stores is not only responsible, but it is also cost-effective as well,” Kevin Johnson, president, and CEO of Starbucks, said.
In order to tackle environmental concerns, Starbucks committed to reducing its carbon emissions, water usage, and generated waste by 50 percent by 2030. “Starbucks expansion of the Greener Stores program demonstrates a continued commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation,” Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement of the WWF, said.
“By making this program open-source, and expanding it globally, Starbucks is creating a path toward a resource positive future within their own four walls and beyond.”