Starbucks is seeking LEED certification for the repurposed shipping-crate building.
The containers offer 448 square feet of working spaces, which is standard for three baristas whipping up lattes, mochas and espresso behind the counter. The outside of the containers is painted in several shades of brown with a quote on one side meant to conjure green thinking: “Regenerate, Reuse, Recycle, Renew, Reclaim.” Starbucks is looking to bolster the sustainable image of the store by pursuing LEED certification.Shipping containers have been all the rage in green circles for their seemingly endless repurposing possibilities. Whether for modular housing, stores or surf shacks, the 20-foot metal boxes are a hot topic in the sustainability profession. Seeing a company of the Fortune 500 magnitude embrace them is exciting for all. However, the future of traditional brick-and-mortar Starbucks stores surely isn’t in question. Who knows, maybe this store is being used as a marketing stunt in a typically stale part of town. Or maybe this is the beginning of a new standard in retail. According to the Seattle Times article, “Starbucks hopes to use containers for short- or long-term cafes on properties awaiting development and in areas with lots of car traffic.” What’s thrilling is that it appears, one way or another, the café where so may of us fuel up for the day is looking to implement greener, attention-grabbing strategies to improve the environment while still offering cups of jittery goodness to the masses.