In letters to the CEOs of several companies — including McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons, Costa Coffee, Caribou Coffee and Peet’s Coffee — the environmental organization is calling on the coffee retailers to commit within 90 days to “meet or beat” Starbucks’ efforts to reduce the “to-go” coffee industry’s impact on our forests and climate.
“After two years of powerful dissonance between the kind of responsibility customers expect of companies and their actual practices, Starbucks made a bold commitment to change. Coffee giants like McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and Costa must do the same and address the environmental impacts of their unrecyclable, plastic-lined paper cups.” – Todd Paglia, Executive Director, Stand.earth
“Stand.earth has worked for decades in a collaborative spirit with companies to improve their environmental performance. We hope Starbucks’ competitors will proactively commit to decreasing their environmental impacts.” – Todd Paglia, Executive Director, Stand.earth
Stand.earth launched the #BetterCup campaign in April 2016 after years of stonewalling by Starbucks and a refusal to change its practices. The campaign became a staple in Seattle, using creative imagery like the Cup Wall and Cup Monster to help people understand the problem with unrecyclable, plastic-lined coffee cups.
The Cup Wall symbolizes the number of Starbucks cups thrown away every minute of every day — 8,000+ a minute, or 4+ billion each year. Read the “Secret of the Starbucks Cup” report.
In March 2018, Stand.earth and dozens of global environmental organizations launched the “Starbucks: Break Free From Plastic” coalition, focused on Starbucks’ annual shareholder meeting. Nearly one million people joined the campaign.