When the typical person thinks of the coffee chain Starbucks, they think of the classic green logo, tons of delicious options, and sometimes even the high prices. However, Starbucks has recently made their consumers think of another thing, innovation.
On Dec. 13, 2011, a new dive thru, and walk-up, Starbucks was open for business off Interstate five in Tukwila, Wash. What makes this coffee shop so different from the rest is that it is made out of modified industrial sized shipping containers.
Inman.com says “Spokesman Alan Hilowitz described the Tukwila store as another step in fulfilling Starbucks’ core mission — providing a gathering place for communities, using Starbucks’ scale ‘for good,’ and reducing the corporation’s carbon footprint — while also recycling ‘the same kind of shipping containers that transport our coffees and teas around the world.’” According to inman.com, one of the containers is 20 feet, and the other two are 40 feet.
Starbucks is making fast advancements in its chain and plans on having all of their coffee cups reusable or recyclable by 2015.