Although Starbucks is arguably the most popular chain of cafes in the United States, it doesn’t give them immunity to controversy.

Amid the incident that occurred last week involving two African American individuals being kicked out of a store by Philadelphia police for “trespassing”, the company has lost a great deal of customers and supporters. Whether racially fueled or not, Starbucks is under fire for the situation. Whatever the truth may be, here are 5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Starbucks.

1. Starbucks Is Green-Friendly

Starbucks was originally founded in 1971, but only has been environmentally friendly for the past few decades. In 1999, the company decided to implement their “Grounds for your Garden” policy that gave away free coffee grounds to whoever needed them for composting. Several years later in 2004, Starbucks took another step forward and decided to make cups and plates lighter, lessening their annual trash production by 1,800,000 pounds. The following year, they earned the National Recycling Coalition Recycling Works Award for their practices, and they haven’t looked back since.

[2. Starbucks is no stranger to sparking a little controversy…]

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