Starbucks Japan has opened a flagship store in Togane City which showcases the brand’s commitment to sustainability and highlights a circular concept for used coffee grounds.
This is Starbucks Japan’s second store to be verified under the Greener Stores Framework, which targets to lower the impact of its stores on the environment as well as reduce carbon emissions, water usage and landfill waste.
The store features local Sambu cedar and Japanese yew trees, the official trees of Togane City. It is powered by solar panels and locally generated renewable energy. Batteries will be included in the solar system to back up for outdoor activities.
Starbucks says the store plays a major role in the collaboration between Starbucks Japan, Togane City and Sanyu Plant Service Corporation.
The used coffee grounds will be recycled into cattle feed used on farms where the company sources its milk, creating a circularity loop. The milk makes beverages at around 200 Starbucks stores across the Kanto and Kansai areas.
Moreover, food waste from the store will be converted into compost to grow produce directly at the rest stop in Togane City, in cooperation with Chiba Prefectural University of Agriculture.
“I believe that even if the actions of each of us are small, each step we take will become a path leading to the future,” said Ayumi, store manager.
“Starting with what we can do, we would like to build the future together with the community.”