The Real Starbucks Controversy (NOT Red Cups)

This is the article about Starbucks that needs to be shared.

The Real Starbucks Controversy

When so many people were up in arms about the red cup controversy, the real issue at hand was and continues to be ignored. In fact, many of you might not even know about the real Starbucks controversy. Maybe that is why nobody is talking about the real issue?

Walk into any Starbucks today and you might see a sign on the wall with this quote on it:

Real Starbucks Controversy

“STARBUCKS™ SHARED PLANET™ IS OUR COMMITMENT TO DOING BUSINESS IN WAYS THAT ARE GOOD TO THE EARTH AND TO EACH OTHER. FROM THE WAY WE BUY OUR COFFEE, TO MINIMIZING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT, TO BEING INVOLVED IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES. IT’S DOING THINGS THE WAY WE ALWAYS HAVE…”

This sounds great, especially if their actions were aligned with their words. Here is a picture of waste that was thrown out on November 19th, 2015:

The Real Starbucks Controversy - Wasted Food Daily

It was even worse on November 28th, 2015:

Real Starbucks Controversy - what a wasteReal Starbucks Controversy is the Wasted Food

A store Supervisor at Starbucks, who asked to remain anonymous, said in response to all of the waste:

“I already asked. We are not allowed to take any food to the local homeless shelter. I COULD LOSE MY JOB.”

“That’s only one part of it. We also throw away newspapers, pastries, leftover ground coffee (from single cup brews) and like 10 sandwiches from the morning we make just for display.”

If you still don’t think this is more to be upset about than the red holiday cups at Starbucks, add in the fact that most stores don’t recycle. At most locations you will see an option to recycle different types of waste or maybe even just two sections for the trash (like pictured below).

Starbucks Doesn't Recycle

The picture above, from a different location, advertises the trash on the left is to be recycled. According to another Supervisor at a Starbucks location, who also chose to remain anonymous, he says “The recycling designated disposal cans go straight to garbage because we don’t have enough time to sort out the recycling from the trash. Most customers don’t read or are oblivious to the signs.”

Still think the red cup controversy is the real problem at Starbucks?