In 2018, Starbucks began partnering with Ocean Conservancy as a Living Waters Partner for the International Coastal Cleanup.
Starbucks and The Starbucks Foundation are working with Ocean Conservancy to leverage their employee network and community partnerships in the global effort towards a plastic-free ocean. Given their commitments to promote recycling and decrease waste within their business, Starbucks joined the Trash Free Seas Alliance® to contribute policy support and upstream solutions that can further reduce the amount of plastic entering our ocean. The company is a leader in sustainable packaging innovation as a founding partner of the NextGen Cup Challenge, comprised of foodservice industry leaders identifying solutions to reduce single-use packaging waste. The company has also committed to eliminating plastic straws from its stores globally by 2020.