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Celebrate Earth Day, April 22

Darth Day on April 22

Hi! I wanted to tell you about an exciting event coming up on Earth Day. On April 22 we’re inviting everyone to bring in a reusable mug or tumbler and get a free brewed coffee or tea. Your choice of brew, hot or iced – it is spring after all! This is happening at participating stores in the United States and Canada.

Why are we doing this? We recognize the impact one can make through careful, conscious choices. So we want to encourage and reward those of you who use tumblers or travel mugs in your daily routines. You’re helping to reduce our environmental impact!

If you don’t have a tumbler or travel mug, they will be available for 20% off on Earth Day, April 22. Just so you know, anytime you bring in your own tumbler or travel mug to a participating Starbucks, you get 10 cents off your drink every day.

What if you can’t bring in a mug and don’t want to buy a new one? That’s okay too. Just request your coffee or tea in one of our “for-here” cups and we’ll pick up the tab.

Last year, when we did a similar promotion on Earth Day, more than 1.2 million of you participated. Let’s see if we can beat that this year! RSVP here.

Although reusable serveware and tumbler use still only accounts for a small percentage of total beverages served, those of you who did bring in reusable mugs still made a significant impact. In 2010, people brought their own tumblers into our stores more than 32 million times, keeping nearly 1.45 million pounds of paper out of landfills.

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    • qazedc
    • 4/16/2011 1:08 PM

    I don't celebrated Earth day. I am a child of God. I don't believe in mother nature.

      • cmcappa
      • 4/18/2011 10:42 AM
      • JjjMmm
      • 4/18/2011 10:57 AM

      In reply to: qazedc

      Please ignore this person. He/ She always gets on here and other sites and makes ridiculous claims to try and get people to hate Christians . Do you think Christians, who have loved the Earth and nature for thousands of years and way before it became trendy, would write something like this on a Starbucks site? This person just wants to bring a wrath of hatred against these people. Hopefully Starbucks can stop this left-wing,. socialist nutjob quickly. Enjoy FREE coffee day!

        • Marinacorps
        • 4/18/2011 6:18 PM

        In reply to: JjjMmm

        Thank you for saying this. I'm a true christian. I think this is a great idea from Starbucks. Earth day is a day to remember the land God gave us. I hope every one has a great earth day. Thank you God for this beautiful plant you have made for us.

        • thewritelisa
        • 4/21/2011 5:34 PM

        In reply to: Marinacorps

        I'm really tired of everyone saying 'I'm a true Christian'. I don't think I've met one yet, because in the next sentence there is usually condemnation in this case of a leftwing nut-job. Jesus, a true Christian, didn't have the need to label and condemn, he accepted everyone. If being a true Christian means being a rightwing conservative, I think I'll be happy with being a plain Christian that doesn't have to be condescending of other religions and judge becaus

        • Scarlett007
        • 4/23/2011 6:27 AM

        In reply to: thewritelisa

        I agree with one should not judge others, what was it Jesus said? "Remove the beam from your own eye b4 you cast aspersions" paraphrased, my bad! My whole reason for wanting to comment is GOD made the heavens and the Earth, we are NOT the best steward of our planet. Anything we can do to improve is a good thing. PS: Loew's is giving away a free tree 4/23/11 ENJOY*!*

        • NNOnTheH2O
        • 4/19/2011 8:25 AM

        In reply to: JjjMmm

        I agree that it is wise to ignore nutjobs, but please do not associate this person with the left. I am a progressive human being and am unhappy that you tie this individual to the progressive movement. Nutjob, perhaps. But who cares what their politics are, anyway? Just ignore such nonsense. Happy Earth Week, friends! Thank you, Starbucks, for promoting a green, healthy planet :)

        • 4/19/2011 9:31 AM

        In reply to: JjjMmm

        I totally agree. I am a Christian also, and as so it is our responsibility as Children of God to be good stewards in all areas of life, including protecting the our earthly home. I hopefully that woman will realize that Earth Day was created as day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth and protecting our natural resorces. I am Glad that Starbuck is participating, and I hope that other large corporations get involved and make a impact in their local communities.

        • SpreadHappy
        • 4/19/2011 12:50 PM

        In reply to: JjjMmm

        Hmmm...and how do we know that qazedc is a "left-winged, socialist nutjob?" Just asking, thats a bold statement. Also how do we know he's Christian? And finally, how do we know it is he that is stirring the pot?

        • Shyeloh
        • 4/19/2011 6:37 PM

        In reply to: SpreadHappy

        Well, we can't know that he is a nutjob or a Christian, but he is certainly stirring the pot as you say. Why else would anyone make such a pointless, antagonizing comment? Aside from that, though, I agree with many of the others above. Christians feel responsibility for the earth. They dont hate it. I honestly laughed out loud at qazedec's comment.

        • briancomments
        • 4/20/2012 10:53 PM

        In reply to: Shyeloh

        You know what Jesus would not do? Read all these stupid comments. WWJND.

      • JennieMom
      • 4/19/2011 1:51 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      My dear child of God, who do you think created Earth??? Thus; Earth day. Where do you think the coffee bean originated from? God created it, so you might want to re-think your ideas.

      • Wolf_Spirit
      • 4/19/2011 11:35 PM
      • sog305
      • 4/20/2011 12:54 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      @qazedc so u have a problem with earth day but not the false idol goddess on the cup? if u call urself a child of god u should remain biblical and boycott everything that is ungodly. u cant pick and choose.

        • ginaswigert
        • 4/21/2011 5:08 PM

        In reply to: sog305

        Haven't read through all the comments, but I just wanted to point out that the logo on the signage isn't a "false idol goddess" but a mermaid. Just sayin'.

      • dragon2010
      • 4/21/2011 7:40 AM

      In reply to: qazedc

      How could u not celebrate earth day? Mother nature is our earth that we all live on!! Are you from another planet?? Are you kidding me???

      • apemonki
      • 4/21/2011 8:10 AM

      In reply to: qazedc

      huh? that does not even make sense...

      • hd112596
      • 4/21/2011 9:05 AM

      In reply to: qazedc

      Soooo you don't believe in doing good things for the Earth...that you live on?

      • Lfontyn88
      • 4/21/2011 10:15 AM

      In reply to: qazedc

      Umm okay ignorant.. You think god doesn't love the earth?

      • emellon
      • 4/21/2011 11:17 AM

      In reply to: qazedc

      Comment deleted due to content.

      • Bananacrush
      • 4/21/2011 1:08 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      Comment deleted due to content.

      • mezzomed
      • 4/21/2011 3:55 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      So sad for you. Since you are a Child of God that also makes you a steward of HIS resources, which means taking care of the world He created. By celebrating Earth Day you acknowledge YOUR role as a steward of this resource given to you by Him! Be good fruit, not a religious nut!

      • EmilyRL
      • 4/21/2011 4:00 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      I am a child of God as well and I believe in celebrating Earth, God created Earth didn't he? WOW. I love Starbucks, free is even better! Yum! =)

      • qazedc
      • 4/21/2011 5:00 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      I can't believe my ears. you claim that I am a god. That's foolishness. I beleive in Jesus Christ that He died for my sin and rose after 3 days. He is alive for ever more. Jesus is Son of God. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 3 in 1. One God. I am a christian and live for God and I hate this world for the world hated God first. Take that word, idiot back and I forgive you, pal!!!

        • martha0406
        • 4/18/2012 9:30 AM

        In reply to: qazedc

        You should know a christian by his/her fruits not by his/her words. This article is about free coffee and and free tea, not if you are a christian or not, sometimes religious people wants to sound good in front of others they don't realize they make a fool of themselves, that is directed specially to "YOU". If you are talking about giving something for free Your are talking about Jesus who gave free "FISH SANDWICHES" TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE coffee and tea not included.

      • Martineaukyle1
      • 4/21/2011 7:13 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      We don't care. Quit spreading you **** around here.

      • 4/21/2011 7:35 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      I 2 am a child of the King but it's my birthday so celebrate w/me Good Friday and accept a free coffee! He is Risen!

      • roastboast
      • 4/21/2011 8:26 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      You're a d-bag... It's not about "mother earth". It's about preserving the planet. And who do you think created this planet and everything else?

      • tommyjoy66
      • 4/23/2011 6:46 AM

      In reply to: qazedc

      I too, am a child of God, and appreciate the creation He has made. I simply worship the CREATOR instead of worshiping the creation!

      • Anayisa
      • 4/24/2011 10:06 PM

      In reply to: qazedc

      Great! We all are children of God. And God gaves us the Earth to live on and mother nature to keep the Earth and us alive. So if you don't believe in God's gifts to us how can you believe in God?

      • thooks7
      • 4/27/2011 11:31 AM

      In reply to: qazedc

      I don't understand. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell within. I don't believe in mother nature, but lets not be rediculous you live in this earth everyday. Don't make Christians look crazy please.

    • randy1944
    • 4/18/2011 4:31 AM

    I accept Starbucks proposal. I will bring my mug in to support their theory. A plus too, Starbucks has the best coffee. Randy, Brooksville,Fl.

    • lorashep
    • 4/18/2011 5:45 AM

    I am a child of God as well qazdec, but if we do not take care of the earth God gave us hun we won't have one anymore...Earth Day is not supporting or promoting mother nature, simply saying I care to keep the earth clean from unwanted and unnecessary waste!

    • alotalatte
    • 4/18/2011 7:11 AM

    I will definitely be there on Earth Day!

    • zach devries
    • 4/18/2011 7:46 AM

    agree 100% lorashep. I have 4 kids and I am concerned that if we don't take care of the world that God has given us to live on for a mere moment in eternity that my kids and grandkids won't get to enjoy the wonder that God has put here on this earth. I take part in this every day and use a reusable mug everyday for coffee and water where ever I go.

    • courtneyj206
    • 4/18/2011 8:57 AM

    This entire conversation is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. This is why people make fun of Christians, discussing God on a free coffee giveaway comment wall. Go pray if it means so much to you! Oh and I went to church on Sunday, and the Sunday before that too, but I know time and place--learn it!

    • dalelin
    • 4/18/2011 9:32 AM

    Wow! You know Starbucks has a good "DECAF" too.

    • JjjMmm
    • 4/18/2011 10:56 AM

    Please ignore this person. He/ She always gets on here and other sites and makes ridiculous claims to try and get people to hate Christians . Do you think Christians, who have loved the Earth and nature for thousands of years and way before it became trendy, would write something like this on a Starbucks site? This person just wants to bring a wrath of hatred against these people. Hopefully Starbucks can stop this left-wing,. socialist nutjob quickly. Enjoy FREE coffee day!

    • vincem40
    • 4/18/2011 11:15 AM

    Thank you for the offer and yes I will take you up on it.what a great idea.

    • L.E.Brooks
    • 4/18/2011 11:58 AM

    I will participate , it will be fun, starbucks have the best caramel latte yumm

    • riceburns
    • 4/18/2011 12:47 PM

    Thank you, Starbucks!

    • Christinnnee
    • 4/18/2011 5:19 PM

    Starbucks, you are my best friend. I don't know if I've told you that lately, but I've told everyone else. By the way, my book is dedicated to you! :D I'll see you on Friday! (Er, well, probably tomorrow, too). Kisses!

    • azncutiegrl1314
    • 4/18/2011 6:38 PM

    tea, as in just plain tea or tea latte as well?

    • tonynjef
    • 4/18/2011 8:36 PM

    THANKS Starbucks!!! Everyone at my local store already probably expects to see me- and they will on Earth day too! Keep doing what you do best- bringing neighborhoods together for great coffee and conversation. Peace!

    • SeaWolf64
    • 4/19/2011 11:20 AM

    I've been debating over buying the reusable iced tumbler and now I can't put it off any longer - I'll see my Starbucks gang in Aberdeen, NC on Earth Day to purchase one and use it faithfully! Way to go *$$ (my way of saying Starbucks).

    • TheDietDiva
    • 4/19/2011 12:18 PM

    What a great day to enjoy a free cup of Starbuck's on Friday April 22nd and read The 10-Second Diet Book! Get yours NOW at:

    • acornfalls
    • 4/19/2011 2:19 PM

    I was refused coffee in my own reusable mug at two Starbucks locations in the Atlanta airport recently. At the second location, I was told it was store policy to only refill Starbucks cups. I've never been a regular customer, but Starbucks has lost my business for good. As on every other day, I'll be filling my cup elsewhere on Earth Day.

      • fuelair
      • 4/20/2011 5:08 AM

      In reply to: acornfalls

      Please note that the intro specifically stated "at participating stores only". In addition, I am pretty sure the OPer is a conservative, not a liberal - as I am - - even our crazies do not tend to bash that way. And, as an atheist with many Christian friends, I only attack when I am being attacked - as do most of my non-religious friends. Oh, most atheists/agnostics I know are big on Earth Day!! Anybody with brains should be!!:) Happy Earth Day to All !!!

        • latinafunny
        • 4/21/2011 12:21 PM

        In reply to: fuelair

        I am a uber left wing espresso coffee & vodka drinking environmentally conscious atheist and 1) I believe people should be allowed to worship the God/Gods of their choice as long as they don't hurt one another and B) or was it 2) don't remember ...the vodka hasn't kicked in yet, I don't attack conservatives or Christians, or Christian conservatives. I usually I find that they are attacking me.... most of the time for something innocuous such as my saying "may the entity

    • coffeelover0614
    • 4/19/2011 3:02 PM

    Does this offer include Ice Coffee??? Please please please :-)

    • logicpunk
    • 4/19/2011 3:41 PM

    Mmm great coffee free! Thank you Starbucks :)

    • asknaoma
    • 4/19/2011 4:06 PM

    Can't wait! I will definitely be there!

    • SusanSGC
    • 4/19/2011 6:04 PM

    I'm a Christian too and I don't believe in mother nature BUT I do believe in free coffee :) I will celebrate Earth Day because my Father created the earth! Thanks Starbucks for the free coffee, I'll see ya on Friday with my mug.

    • Psycosis
    • 4/19/2011 11:20 PM

    OK, so I created an account simply to say this. You people are quite possibly the most offensive people Ive had the misfortune of coming across in some time. YA we get it your a Christian and you feel the need to tell everyone about it, woop-te-do. Believing in "mother nature" doesn't have a single thing to do with Christians, mother nature is an idea, and a fundamental, not a religious deity. and a coffee shops website is not a religious message board. Grow up, seriously..PS. the o

      • kqcac54
      • 4/21/2011 5:51 AM

      In reply to: Psycosis

      Definition of WHOOP-DE-DO

      : noisy and exuberant or attention-getting activity (as at a social affair or in a political campaign)
      : a lively social affair
      : agitated public discussion or debate

    • Psycosis
    • 4/19/2011 11:22 PM

    got cut off, was supposed to end with "PS. the OP was trolling you guys and your responding to it as clearly as you did only gave him exactly what he wanted, more attention....

    • kli593
    • 4/20/2011 1:59 AM

    Wow, I didn't even know about the "for here" cups and I have been going to Starbucks for years...... they should really put up a sign or require cashiers to offer it.

    • CoffeeLover1973
    • 4/20/2011 7:45 AM

    If Starbucks is so pro-Earth perhaps they should stop running water down their sinks constantly!

    • TheDietDiva
    • 4/20/2011 8:59 AM

    OMG! The perfect ingredients for a great time: My Starbuck's Cocoa Cappuchino and my book The 10-SECOND DIET. Get your coffee at your neighborhood Starbuck's and the book at:!!!

    • dabraat
    • 4/20/2011 10:52 AM

    Dear Starbucks: What you call "latte" in most of Europe is called "cafe" or cafe con leche, etc. I go to your stores to get that style of coffee. For Earth Day, please, at least, offer something for people like me who don't like American style coffee, even if it is a discount on a latte or cappuccino, etc. Thanks, and Happy Earth Day! (By the way, the problem with reusable mugs is there is no place to wash them in your car. You might want to set up rinse stations in your s

    • PrincessOfEnergy
    • 4/20/2011 1:03 PM

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    • PrincessOfEnergy
    • 4/20/2011 1:06 PM

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    • messup2010
    • 4/20/2011 1:24 PM

    Yay for free coffee!!! Found it via! I'll definitely have to find a reusable mug or tumbler at home.... does the size matter? I have a tall water container for hiking, but will that be okay for Iced Tea? Thanks!!

    • ericlovesme
    • 4/20/2011 5:33 PM

    can i get caramel mocchiato???

    • kdebarge
    • 4/20/2011 10:16 PM

    I love the coffee, but this promotion makes me wonder......I can't count the number of times I have brought in my own travel mug for my morning latte and watched them make it in a regular paper "to go" cup and then dump it in my personal mug. Kind of defeats the purpose.....

    • endoxazo
    • 4/21/2011 7:43 AM

    I understand what she is saying when she says she is does not celebrate earth day because she is a child of God. God, in his word did not command us to celebrate the "holidays" that the world has created. He did command us to celebrate the "holy" days in his Word. There is a vast difference between worshiping the earth and taking care of it. We take care of the earth by using the resources God gave us wisely, but we worship God only.

    • endoxazo
    • 4/21/2011 7:46 AM

    ". Go pray if it means so much to you! Oh and I went to church on Sunday, and the Sunday before that too, but I know time and place--learn it! " Actually the time and place to pray to God is anywhere, anytime. If you went to church on Sunday and the Sunday before you would know that. God is everywhere, all the time, not limited to just the confines of a walled in church.

    • 1heenal
    • 4/21/2011 7:47 AM

    Nice work Starbucks! Here’s another cool thing to do this Earth Day.... Hug! For each hug registered on, sponsors donate $1 towards building a "bottle school" in Guatemala! Bottle schools are eco-friendly schools built using plastic bottles and other trash. 7 bottle schools have already been completed, with 3 more schools under way. Sign up today to help kids in developing countries get the chance of an education - at the same time as spreading love through the power

    • hd112596
    • 4/21/2011 9:06 AM

    LOVE IT! Thanks Starbucks!

    • qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxc
    • 4/21/2011 9:48 AM

    i think qazedc accomplished what he/she wanted getting a discussion started about god that allowed everyone to participate w/o upsetting the left or right

    • chensuu
    • 4/21/2011 11:06 AM

    Wonderful! I'll be there!

    • chloetala
    • 4/21/2011 12:01 PM

    What a great idea! I love my Gold Card, Starbucks "stuff", coffee and drinks! This company is great!!! Glad to be a part of it! I have several reuseable mugs I've purchased at Starbuck and will be taking my favorite one on the 22nd for my free coffee before work! I also have a free drink card that I am papmpering myself with this weekend! Thank you, Starbucks!!!

    • smahoe
    • 4/21/2011 1:09 PM

    Sounds like a great idea! Is there a listing of participating Starbucks stores? I'd hate to go to a store to find out they're not a participant.

    • pshorthouse
    • 4/21/2011 2:13 PM

    I think that it's terrific Starbucks is offering a free drink for people that bring in their own mugs. I have two comments: 1. It would be great if Starbucks made more effort along these lines year round by asking customers if they want their drinks "for here" or "to go" on every visit as most people sit with paper cups in the store for no reason. 2. Why does the Manager of Global Responsibility assume that the 1.45 million pounds of paper cups would end up in the landfill

      • throsen
      • 4/21/2011 2:50 PM

      In reply to: pshorthouse

      All we have to do is ask for a ceramic mug if we are drinking in. All shops have them and they keep the beverage hotter longer. Let's all try that next time we sit-in and use our own mugs for carry-out. But, only Starbucks can put recycle receptacles in the shops and make sure those paper cups end up being recycled. I'll drink to that!

    • superspryte
    • 4/21/2011 2:40 PM

    US and Canada only, eh? I live in Japan and bought my first reusable cup last month, but Earth Day is ignored here? :( That makes me sad. Not that it will stop me from carrying my cup, but still sad.

    • carameldrizzle4shizzle
    • 4/21/2011 4:08 PM

    Starbucks coffee is made from the souls of all the sin filled Christians who still inhabit this earth. Save the earth on this day, because you cannot save yourself.

    • mjgale1
    • 4/21/2011 5:00 PM

    it say's free hot or cold tea....wonder if this includes "Passion iced tea". Anyone know? I love that stuff ;0) Thanks!

    • kayliemeoww
    • 4/21/2011 7:50 PM

    Thank you Starbucks!

    • triteach716
    • 4/22/2011 4:44 PM

    So I went this morning to my local Starbuck's looking to get my free coffee, and I had brought in my own mug. I realized after I paid that I didn't get my free coffee. So I then asked the person who made my drink, "how do you get the free coffee?" She responded by saying that you had to buy one of the Starbuck's travel mugs. What??? This if false advertisement. If I wasn't allowed to bring in my own mug, then how is that being "GREEN" for Earth Day! Very upset

    • Tippyobrien
    • 4/22/2011 7:27 PM

    Same experience as usual with Starbucks,they offer a promotion and then fail to honor it. Walked into store with my mug and once again their false promo was ignored. Lines were so long who wants to argue in a crowd. There was free lesson in future Starbucks promos will not be honored so why bother!

    • montegobay
    • 4/22/2011 7:45 PM

    Disappointed that the offer didn't include the expresso coffees.. Even a vanilla latte should be ok !

    • montegobay
    • 4/22/2011 7:48 PM

    Starbucks should clarify what they meant by free coffee. There's no fine print or anything. As a gold card carrying Starbucks customer, this is just shabby advertising...I was disappointed by not getting even a simple vanilla latte when I brought in my resuable mug.

    • smileybkm
    • 4/22/2011 9:17 PM

    Disappointment yet again from Starbucks! Train your partners! I hate your stupid tricks to make me go into your store. This was the last time! I went in got a tea in my cup & 3 other things, got charged for all items, called the store, the response was "I don't know why you got charged, ok bye" response "really, I guess I will call the mgr tomorrow. Really, wow, not even an offer to fix it until I mention calling the mgr. Train this mgr how to smile too while you

    • humanjugernaut
    • 4/22/2011 10:16 PM

    So apparently, if they don't like your comments they delete them? Wow. Nothing vulgar or mean towards any PERSONS, just critical of corporations like Starbucks (in response to their Earth Day "contributions"). I don't see them now. Hmm...

    • tmisen2980
    • 4/23/2011 11:57 AM

    Thank you!

    • Starbucks Starbucks
    • 4/25/2011 9:16 AM

    Thank you for your comments about your experiences on Earth Day. We are happy to hear of those who enjoyed it and sorry to hear a few had troubles. No comments have been removed from this thread. We do ask that you please speak with respect even with those whom you disagree.

    • patriciaghio
    • 4/26/2011 8:30 AM

    Thanks Starbucks for the free coffee. You are an amazing business and I hope others appreciate you for your community spirit as I do!

    • martha0406
    • 4/18/2012 9:22 AM

    This article is about free coffee not about being christian, liberal or conserv
    ativ. If is about peoples choices you are talking or writing about you guys left out gays, blacks, hispanics, chinese, jews, dogs and cats!!

    • Undersangel
    • 4/21/2012 7:21 AM

    Hey there Starbuck's! I am pushing for my bf and I to both come in and use our tumblers. I don't drink coffee often, but I'm willing to make a point. Thank you for the wonderful products you serve everyday and all the special events you offer! I know my bf will enjoy this since he needs a coffee iv, lol.

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