Starbucks react to water wastage claims

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Starbucks have vowed to change their water consumption to find a ‘global solution’, following recent wastage claims.

The global coffee chain is implementing ‘an alternative’ working procedure after The Sun revealed that they waste 23.4 million litres of water each day.

A Starbucks spokesperson said: “[we have] the goal of identifying and implementing a global solution that is proven safe for our customers, complies with regulations and effective at conserving water.”

The article – published on the 6th of October – revealed that Starbucks’ policy is to leave a tap running non-stop at all of its 10,000 outlets worldwide.

This ‘dipper well’ system – which cleaned milk spoons with a constant flow of water – was wasting enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every 83 minutes.

The front-page exclusive has lead to the coffee shop being blasted by several environmental experts.

Peter Robinson, of environmental charity Waste Watch, said: “Leaving taps running all day is a shocking waste of precious water. And to claim you are doing it for health and safety reasons is bonkers.

“Wasting [water] can cause great harm to the environment and wildlife. Big companies should set an example.”

A spokesman for UK Water added: “It is wasteful and unnecessary. There is absolutely no need to keep taps running.”

The Starbucks spokesperson continues: “Over the coming weeks, tests will take place in the U.S., the U.K., China and Singapore.

“Starbucks locations in UK will be testing a hot rinse procedure as an alternative to the dipper well system. This procedure involves using a spoon once and rinsing it with hot water immediately after use.

“We are committed to phasing in new practices as they are proven safe and effective and hope to do so in the very near term.”