Tata Starbucks will completely transition to compostable and recyclable packaging solutions across its India stores by 5 June.
This announcement complements the company’s plans to eliminate single-use straws globally by 2020.
Tata Starbucks CEO Navin Gurnaney said: “Sustainability is embedded in the fabric of Tata Starbucks’ mission, which is driven by the aspiration to have a completely ecological platform – from working with farmers, to our supply chain and delivering the end product across all our stores.
“We are proud to be the first in the industry to be adopting all recyclable and compostable packaging solutions across our stores in India to further innovate the Starbucks Experience for our customers.”
The company started eliminating single-use plastics across its stores in the country in 2012. It opened its first store that offers paper bags, sleeves and napkins made from recycled fibre.
The company has introduced various sustainable initiatives such as glass serve ware for food and beverages. It has also included compostable items such as wooden cutlery and stirrers, paper cups and straws, CPLA and PLA lids made from corn starch, and splash sticks for takeaway orders over the years.
Tata Starbucks has established a partnership with a local recycler under its Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) plan in order to help in recycling waste.
Starbucks currently operates 137 stores across India under the Tata Starbucks joint venture (JV).