One of my few vices is that I drink Starbucks drinks. (wince) I am in the process of giving them up for many reasons, personal, ethical and financial, and when I came across the following information, I was appalled to say the least. It has catapulted my boycott into orbit. According to The Sun, Starbucks locations "waste 23.4 million liters of water EVERY DAY!" Yes, you heard me.
Starbucks has a policy of keeping water streaming continuously on the preparation utensils in their 'dipper wells' used by their baristas in drink preparation, and this amount of running water has added up to grotesque amounts of waste. To give a little perspective, 23.4 million liters of water:
"...would provide enough daily water for the entire two million-strong population of drought-hit Namibia in Africa or fill an Olympic pool every 83 minutes."
!!! (is all I can say here)
I have seen these dipper wells before, while waiting for my triple no foam light whip no frap half caf, ez decaf concoctions to be whipped up, and I presumed the water was somehow being cycled or recycled... not being sent directly down the drain! But apparently, the taps must run continuous, fresh water to prevent germs and meet health and safety standards. The water is NOT recycled! Investigators even found that the endless running water sometimes served no purpose as there were no utensils present or being cleaned in the drip wells.
When people are dying all over the world from not having clean drinking water, and lands are in severe drought crises, something must be done to stop this waste.
I'm hoping now that they have been called out on this outrageous practice, the powers that be at Starbucks will change their ways! But now, my Starbucks days are over.