Walnut Street Coffee in Edmonds recognized for environmental efforts

By Brian Soergel | Jun 21, 2018
Courtesy of: City of Edmonds Pam Stuller, owner of Walnut Street Coffee, has been honored by the City of Edmonds and the EnviroStars green business program.

Walnut Street Coffee in Edmonds has received its certification for the statewide EnviroStars green business program – the first local business to do so.

As Edmonds’ first EnviroStars business, Walnut Street Coffee is counted among the program’s first 100 businesses recognized since the program’s statewide launch last fall.

To receive EnviroStars recognition, businesses must follow a set of best practices for saving energy and water, reducing waste and pollution, choosing safer products and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“When we opened, it was shocking to see how much trash our coffee shop created,” Stuller said. “We filled a commercial dumpster each week. So early on in our business, we committed to reducing our footprint in as many ways as possible. If you can’t stick around for a ceramic mug, we have compostable cups, lids and straws for hot and iced drinks.

“We compost those to-go items, as well as our food waste and coffee grounds, and we recycle all plastic, cardboard and glass. Bottom line, we only produce one residential-sized tote of garbage each week.”

Stuller said she’s pleased with Edmonds’ resolution last month to ban single-use plastic straws and stirrers, as well as plastic cutlery, in the city’s food-service industry.

“We are proud that our City Council recently passed the resolution,” Stuller said. “We provide compostable straws, and just brought in a new line of reusable glass straws to provide an alternative to any single-use straw. And they have a lifetime guarantee.”

Jenna McInnis from EnviroStars says the company was created to provide Washington businesses with a resource for environmental assistance.

“We were excited to participate in EnviroStars and stand beside a diverse range of businesses that all go the extra mile to lessen their impact on the environment,” Stuller said.

Led by a coalition of 21 Washington cities, counties and utilities, including Edmonds and Snohomish County, EnviroStars’ website links businesses to local environmental assistance and incentive programs, and rewards them for the environmental actions they take.

Walnut Street Coffee will host an EnviroStars business meet-up to be held 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the store, 410 Walnut St. A short presentation about the EnviroStars program will be provided, and Stuller will speak about her experience with the program.

“While it costs more to provide compostable products, it’s worth it to me,” Stuller said. “We only have one planet, and I hope to do my part in reducing my business’s impact on it.”


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