The local Starbucks shops have been staunch allies in helping me make my corner of the world a little more eco-friendly. The picture below says it all.
Over the years I’ve carried out thousands of pounds of coffee grounds from my local Starbucks. Many lovely young people have gone out of their way to help me in my quest. They support my work even though it makes their job a little tougher because everyone wants to be green, right?
Not everyone and not every Starbucks.
One of my favorite shops, which I call the downtown Starbucks (located at 201 SE 1st Street) no longer has a garbage can dedicated for coffee grounds. They’ve been throwing them into the regular trash and I think someone (probably the manager) has decided to stop saving them for gardeners. I don’t know her name but I will make her infamous right here. Twice I’ve gone there with no results. About an hour ago I talked to Nicole who told me she was going to buy a new can for coffee grounds and they would be available again on Monday. Talk is cheap. We’ll see.
The Starbucks at 6257 W. Newberry Road is also a big disappointment. It’s been over three years since they stopped saving coffee grounds. I went in there recently and was told they still do not save them. Somebody is just real lazy. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.
I went on line and gave them a bad review. All the gardeners in the area need to rally round and create enough noise until public opinion causes them to change.
We all feel so helpless when we consider the size of the ecological problems our ravenous consumerism is causing in our own communities and worldwide. When I look at all the plastic cups, lids and straws going out of Starbucks, I want to weep or scream. Sometimes both but this is not a positive response.
You can help by calling on these two Starbucks stores to change their policies and work a little harder toward making the earth a little healthier. Also, commend the staff at the other Starbucks, especially the one on the corner of NW 13th Street and 16th Avenue.
When we all join together we can make a difference.