TATA Starbucks reiterates commitment towards Environmental Sustainability


Announces plans to fully transition to compostable and recyclable packaging solutions across all stores in India by World Environment Day

Mumbai, February 22, 2019: Today Tata Starbucks announced it will completely transition to compostable and recyclable packaging solutions across its stores in India by World Environment Day, 5th June 2019. Since 2012, Tata Starbucks Pvt. Ltd. has been working to eliminate the use of single-use plastic across its stores. Starbucks has a 30-year track record of focusing on sustainability across all aspects of its business, including achieving 99 per cent sustainable coffee and committing to eliminate single-use straws globally by 2020. In India, the company is further advancing this commitment to serve its sustainable coffee in sustainable ways across the market.

Navin Gurnaney, CEO, Tata Starbucks said, “Sustainable coffee, served sustainably is a significant milestone for Tata Starbucks. Sustainability is embedded in the fabric of Tata Starbucks’ mission which is driven by the aspiration to have a completely ecological platform – from working with farmers, to our supply chain and delivering the end product across all our stores. We are proud to be the first in the industry to be adopting all recyclable and compostable packaging solutions across our stores in India to further innovate the Starbucks Experience for our customers.”

Tata Starbucks’ commitment to the environment began with its first store opening in 2012, with the use of paper bags, paper sleeves and paper napkins made from recycled fibre. Paper cups used at the Starbucks stores are in adherence with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Over the years, Starbucks has introduced various green initiatives including glass serve ware for food and beverages consumed within the stores, compostable wooden cutlery & stirrers, compostable paper cups & straws, compostable CPLA & PLA lids made from corn starch and compostable splash sticks for taking away orders. By World Environment Day, Tata Starbucks will transition all its stores to compostable and recyclable packaging solutions.

Tata Starbucks has also partnered with a Central Pollution Control Board approved recycler under the Extended Producer Responsibility (E.P.R) Plan to help recycle waste.

Starbucks recognizes the work ahead to build on its long history of sustainability, which includes initiatives across all aspects of the business. Their sustainable practices today extend beyond packaging to energy and water efficiency and the use of responsible materials that reduce environmental impact and create a healthier environment for partners (employees) and customers.

Starbucks encourages its partners and customers to participate in sustainability efforts with neighbourhood social impact initiatives and customer-facing initiatives such as ‘Grounds for your Garden’ which allows customers to pick up a free bag of used coffee grounds from select Starbucks stores to enrich their home garden while enabling efficient waste management. Starbucks also encourages customers to ‘Bring Your Own Tumbler’ which gives customers an incentive (INR 10 off) for going green and the ‘No Paper Bill’ initiative where customers can opt out of receiving paper receipts to reduce waste.


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