STARBUCKS blasted for wasting water..

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    Oct 09, 2008 7:19 AM GMT
    Starbucks has built its name around being environmentally sound and culturally sensitive.

    But a British tabloid newspaper has labelled the coffee empire "the great drain robber'' for wasting one of the earth's most precious resources - water.

    The Sun claims that world-wide, the coffee giant is wasting 23 million litres of clean water a day.

    That's enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool every 83 minutes.

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    Such wasteful ways have created an Internet backlash all over the globe.


    That's because every time a Starbucks barista makes a latte, a dirty spoon is put into a dipping well, which is attached to a tap that runs constantly.


    "It's just nobody's thinking about it,'' said a Vancouver woman, who spoke to CTV. "You are just waiting for your drink, your watching the water going down."


    CTV News went to a local Starbucks outlet on Vancouver's Robson Street and found that the tap is always on, except overnight.



    In a written statement, the company admitted it's an issue that needs immediate attention.



    Starbucks says it keeps the water running for health reasons because it's the best way of keeping spoons clean.


    But environmentalists like Eric Lorenz of the Sierra Club say that's ridiculous.


    "Is this an essential service? is it a hospital?" Lorenz said. " And hey, have [they] no other method for cleaning their utensils? And I have to say I don't think it is,'' he said. "It's for your four dollar latte.''


    Starbucks is trying to find an alternative. While it does so, it need only look across the street where CTV found a local mom and pop shop where Nick Allan makes lattes by pouring steamed milk right from the jug. He doesn't use a spoon.


    Meanwhile environmentalists want the bid kid on the block -- in this case Starbucks -- to lead by example and make headlines about how it conserves water.



    With a report by CTV British Columbia's St. John Alexander.
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    It is kind of ironic how they sell Ethos water to provide clean drinking water to 3rd world countries and they waste that much water a day.

    I love Starbucks, I hope they find a solution to this soon.
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    Oct 10, 2008 3:15 AM GMT
    *Cricket*
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    Oct 10, 2008 3:19 AM GMT
    This has hit the news down here, and since we are in a drought. Action is being taken.
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    Oct 10, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    It's just stupid can't you just rinse the spoon off and turn the tap off? Or have more spoons on hand?

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    Oct 10, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    The SUN, The SUN Really?


    That is a newspaper is written in 12 grade English for people with minimum literacy, It has a firm topless model on page three policy, 2 pages of cartoons and a four page spread of idiots writing in letters mostly about cheating, incest, STDs etc.

    Basically think of the dirtiest, trashiest, more than subtly racist piece of tabloid trash equivalent in the United states and realize that's what your quoting from
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    Oct 10, 2008 3:45 AM GMT
    AMT87 saidThe SUN, The SUN Really?


    That is a newspaper is written in 12 grade English for people with minimum literacy, It has a firm topless model on page three policy, 2 pages of cartoons and a four page spread of idiots writing in letters mostly about cheating, incest, STDs etc.

    Basically think of the dirtiest, trashiest, more than subtly racist piece of tabloid trash equivalent in the United states and realize that's what your quoting from


    There was also a report from the CTV News in Canada and Starbucks hasn't denied it either as far as I know. The company even said they were looking to find an alternative. So its not a lie, even thou its not coming from a highly ranked publication.

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    Oct 10, 2008 3:56 AM GMT
    AMT87 saidThe SUN, The SUN Really?


    That is a newspaper is written in 12 grade English for people with minimum literacy, It has a firm topless model on page three policy, 2 pages of cartoons and a four page spread of idiots writing in letters mostly about cheating, incest, STDs etc.

    Basically think of the dirtiest, trashiest, more than subtly racist piece of tabloid trash equivalent in the United states and realize that's what your quoting from


    I was thinking the same thing as well! hahaha
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    Oct 10, 2008 4:01 AM GMT
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    AMT87 saidThe SUN, The SUN Really?


    That is a newspaper is written in 12 grade English for people with minimum literacy, It has a firm topless model on page three policy, 2 pages of cartoons and a four page spread of idiots writing in letters mostly about cheating, incest, STDs etc.

    Basically think of the dirtiest, trashiest, more than subtly racist piece of tabloid trash equivalent in the United states and realize that's what your quoting from


    I was thinking the same thing as well! hahaha


    And once again you'll find CTV news investigated it further. Which is not tabloid trash. Go into any Starbucks and you can clearly see it.