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Starbucks Begins Testing Compostable Cups in Five Cities Worldwide

Starbucks Begins Testing Compostable Cups in Five Cities Worldwide

Over the next year, Starbucks plans to test different cups that are both recyclable and compostable in five cities worldwide. The chain will deploy cup technologies that come from the recent NextGen Cup Challenge winners.

Starbucks’ Reusable Cups Run Out During Holiday Giveaway

Starbucks’ Reusable Cups Run Out During Holiday Giveaway

Starbucks planned to give customers ordering holiday beverages free, limited-edition reusable cups at participating stores. The lidded cups would also be good for a small discount through early January. But supplies ran out rapidly that day, frustrating patrons.

Why Activists Are Questioning Corporate Plastic Straw Bans

Why Activists Are Questioning Corporate Plastic Straw Bans

As one major company after another phases out single-use plastic straws, advocacy groups representing people with disabilities are pushing back. Protests have prompted corporations to clarify their plastic straw ban policies.

Rivals McDonald’s and Starbucks Collaborate on Sustainable Cups

Rivals McDonald’s and Starbucks Collaborate on Sustainable Cups

McDonald’s announced that the company has joined Starbucks in the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge. The rivals are now founding members of a group convened by Closed Loop Partners to develop sustainable cups for foodservice.

Starbucks Vows To Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks Vows To Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks announced plans to phase plastic straws from its stores worldwide by 2020. The decision is expected to eliminate more than 1 billion straws from the company’s 28,000 stores annually. A new recyclable lid will replace straws and become standard for most of Starbucks’ iced drinks. Eliminating straws came in … Read more »

Investors Worth $5 Trillion Call Out Companies Over Human Rights Disclosure

Investors Worth $5 Trillion Call Out Companies Over Human Rights Disclosure

A new report from the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), which is backed by a $5 trillion investor coalition, calls out 28 companies for failing to provide human rights information.

Starbucks and Closed Loop Partners Plan Recyclable, Compostable Cup

Starbucks and Closed Loop Partners Plan Recyclable, Compostable Cup

Starbucks announced a $10 million investment in the Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy that establishes a new consortium for developing fully recyclable and compostable cups.

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Hundreds of Companies Tell Trump ‘Don’t Dump Paris Climate Agreement’

Hundreds of major companies yesterday urged president-elect Donald Trump to implement the Paris climate agreement, which he has vowed to “cancel” once he’s in the White House.

Microsoft

Meet Microsoft’s New Data Center Sustainability Chief

Microsoft has big plans for cloud computing. It wants to build “the most hyperscale public cloud that operates around the world in more regions than anyone else,” which involves big investments in data centers — and has the potential to exponentially grow Microsoft’s carbon and water footprints. In addition to … Read more »

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Road to COP21 Climate Talks: US Feds Pledge Emissions Cuts, CEOs Unite on Climate Deal

The COP21 climate talks are less than a week away and we’re seeing a flurry of low-carbon commitments from governments and industry as both groups gear up for Paris. US federal agencies will cut emissions to 41.8 percent below 2008 levels by 2025. The White House made the commitment on … Read more »

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