Starbucks and Pentatonic create furniture from post-consumer waste

We’re really pleased to be backing another positive step from Starbucks as it further commits to reducing impact on the environment.

Starbucks has announced that they are to partner with Pentatonic in an innovative design partnership to create furniture, tiles and textiles out of store waste.

Pentatonic is a newly launched furniture company whose products are made using post-consumer waste such as plastic bottles, plastic cups and paper straws. As part of Starbucks plan to decrease its environmental footprint, this collaboration focuses on store design and involves a new sustainable take on the iconic ‘Bean Chair’, currently found in stores nationwide. The partnership is just one of several environmental design projects to be unveiled this September by Pentatonic in its pop-up store during the London Design Festival.

Jaime Hall, Co-Founder of Pentatonic said:

“Partnering with Starbucks to build furniture and materials out of their own waste is a major demonstration of how scale can be a force for good. By taking the iconic Bean Chair design and re-engineering it using trash, it further illustrates the unlimited application possibilities of post-consumer waste. With Pentatonic’s technology and Starbucks commitment to a greener future, the potential impact of our partnership is truly significant for the planet.”

To launch the partnership, Pentatonic and Starbucks have also collaborated on a pop-up bar constructed entirely from its own waste materials. The bar will reside within Pentatonic’s Shoreditch pop-up and will be open from the 15 September to 12 October serving Nitro Cold Brew and Chemex brewed coffee. Excitingly all proceeds will be donated to Clean up Britain to enable us to continue our campaigning and embark on some fantastic new projects. You can visit the project at The Old Synagogue, 2 Chance Street (entrance on Whitby Street) London E1 6JT.

Opening dates/times:
September 15-October 12, 12.00-19.00 daily

Fly-tipping – don’t be unwittingly responsible

Most of us all have a load of old stuff we need to get rid of and it’s not always easy to get to the tip. Paying someone else to take it away for you is often a nice solution, especially when you lead a busy life or don’t have a huge car boot…

However, as fly tipping becomes an increasing problem it’s often down to us regular folks who, unwittingly, pay rogue traders to ‘dispose’ of our waste.

It’s simple to take these idiots out of the picture – a quick check to see if they have a waste carrier permit is all it takes. Doubly important as, by law, you are responsible for getting your waste disposed of legally and can face a huge fine if you don’t.

IT’S REALLY EASY TO CHECK – you can either:

Call the Environment Agency and ask – 03708 506 506 (cost is the same as a call to a landline number and if you have inclusive minutes with your phone it’s free to call).

Or check on-line here.

You’ll need the person or business name or registration number – if they are legitimate they should be very happy to give you both.


  • Ask for their waste carrier permit number
  • Check it online or by calling 03708 506 506
  • Ask for a transfer notice or receipt when they pick up your waste

Job done!