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Starbucks Green Stores expansion continues with Japan outlet opening

Starbucks has opened its second store in Japan to be certified under the Greener Stores Framework, aimed at promoting circular economy and accelerating the transformation of retail towards lower-impact stores

Starbucks aims to design, build and operate 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ globally by 2025 | Photo credit: Starbucks



Starbucks has opened a new drive-thru store in Togane City, Japan – the second Starbucks store in Japan to be certified under the Greener Stores Framework.

In 2018, Starbucks announced the Starbucks Greener Store Framework as part of a commitment to design, build and operate 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ globally by 2025.

The framework is designed to accelerate the transformation of retail towards lower-impact stores, reducing carbon emissions, water usage and landfill waste.

As of September 2021, the Seattle-based coffee chain was operating more than 2,300 Greener Stores in the US and Canada. Starbucks says that these stores have reduced energy consumption by 30% compared with the company’s prior store designs.

The new outlet in Togane City, which features local Sambu cedar and Japanese yew trees, the official trees of Togane City, is powered by solar panels on the roof and locally-generated renewable energy.

According to Starbucks Japan, the store represents increasing community collaboration between the company, Togane City and local manufacturer Sanyu Plant Service Corporation, which aims to promote circularity and reduce waste, while making a positive impact for the local community.

As part of this partnership, used coffee grounds from the Togane City store will be recycled into cattle feed, and milk from participating dairies will be used to create beverages at approximately 200 Starbucks stores across the Kanto and Kansai areas, including the new drive-thru.

The first Green Store in Japan opened at Kokyo Gaien Wadakura Fountain Park in November 2021.

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