Last week, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park. The coffee shop is located in Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park.
Despite a LEED certification for the building, the location looks and feels just like any of the other roughly 27,000 Starbucks around the world.
This is partly why more than 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening last week.
“I understand that they are trying to improve the infrastructure and make it better than it used to be,” Freddy Brewster, a former Yosemite trail guide who started the petition, told the Guardian. “But it is representative of what our culture is becoming. The government is increasingly dependent on major corporations. Time and time again.”
In addition to the opening of the new location Starbucks also announced last week that they plan to develop ideas for a recyclable cup. Currently, Starbucks’ single-use cups are not recyclable due to a a layer of plastic.