A different kind of Starbucks opened in Tukwila, Washington. The building is made out of shipping containers; three of the containers are 40′ long, and one is 20′ long.
Not only was this a decision to be green, but it also served the purpose of using containers in the design, which deliver their coffees and teas from other countries.
Rainwater is collected from the roof and used for the landscape around the building. The plants that were used require less water, as well.
There is outdoor seating, a drive thru, and a walk to window. No indoor seating was provided.
This is not only a step toward the green motion for the company, but it is also an inspiration for other businesses as well.