Tata Starbucks, is all set to fully transit itself to use only compostable and recyclable packaging solutions across its stores in the country from next June, and hopes to achieve the objective by the next World Environment Day, June 5.
The premium coffee chain since its entry in October 2012 operates 138 stores across Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Pune and Kolkata and plans to close the financial year at 144 stores. In 2015 it had opened 10 new stores, in 2016 it added 16 more, the next year added another 25 and in 2018 it opened 30 more stores.
Since day one of its operations in India, the coffee chain has been using only those glasses, bags and napkins made from recyclable fibre.
Newly appointed Tata Starbucks chief executive Navin Gurnaney said, the move would prevent 23 million cups, 17 million straws, 27 million lids and 4 million cutlery sets from ending up at landfills in a year.
India is one of the top five markets for Starbucks globally and the fastest growing market among the emerging economies. “It is very bullish here and are on track to achieve their target to breakeven by FY20.