STARBUCKS OPENS NEW CAFES IN SHIPPING CONTAINERS

by Miryam Muller in ,


Motivated by the idea of re-using containers, normaly used for importing tea and coffee, Starbucks is doing good on their sustainability promise with a recycled design experiment. The company's hometown, Seattle will be the first location where we will see the first cafe made from "up-cycled" shipping containers.

Starbucks spokesman Alan Hilowitz told the New York Times that the eco-friendly concept may lead to more container stores. It will also be one of a kind for another reason, the first "among the 17,000 Starbucks stores globally in that it will be drive-up and walk-up only with no space to lounge inside."

Another plus, the drive-through location will be mobile — as in portable, Hilowitz said, so easy to break it down and move to another location. “We see a lot of opportunities here,” he added. “We can put a store like this on a lot that will be developed someday but is free for two or three years, and then we can move it.”

As the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, "A font familiar to Starbucks customers covers the side of one of the support containers: 'Regenerate, Reuse, Recycle, Renew, Reclaim.'