Starbucks wastes 6 million gallons of water daily | The Frugalista

Starbucks wastes 6 million gallons of water daily

by frugalista on October 7, 2008

An investigation by a UK newspaper says that Starbucks wastes enough water daily to quench the thirst of an African nation. The coffee giant has a policy to keep water running while utensils are being cleaned. The company has the policy to cut down on germ build up in sinks and to wash away food residue.
I’m trying to become more green each day. Frugality and conservation are great buddies. However, I’m not a big fan of germs or outbreaks. A behemoth company such as Starbucks needs to have stringent cleaning rules. A germ break out at a Starbucks would impact the world. On the other hand, is it really necessary to keep the water running the entire time utensils are being cleaned? It’s a little like keeping the water running while brushing your teeth. That’s a big no-no.

Is Starbucks doing the right thing by using an abundance of caution and keeping the water running in the sink while washing utensils to cut down on food build up? Is the company that prides itself on being environmentally safe shady for wasting water?

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