Which U.S. coffee shop chains are the most environmentally responsible?



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    The magic word here is “chain” which means that they have more than one store. There are two major chains in the US, Pete’s and Starbucks.

    “Peet’s coffee roasting facility in Alameda achieved LEED Gold Certification as a green building, a significant achievement and a first for a roasting facility in the U.S. Starbucks stated that by 2010, all of their new stores will be green certified. They told me that 80 percent of their environmental footprint comes from the water, heating, and lighting used to run their stores; therefore, their new energy-efficient stores will have a major impact.” http://lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/TheLomaPrietan.asp?q=2009030701

    Neither has solved the paper cup dilemma with cups that are made of no more than 10% post-consumer. Pete’s has 100% recycled napkins though.

    Probably you will find the best greenies are not chains, but rather your locally owned shop… but you’d have to ask them. And PS, bring your own cup!

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