Starbucks upcycling: The Green Apron Tote Bag.

1 - 1 - IMG_20160428_203216 Apron Starbucks green apron bag 28April2016Today I received a total surprise in the mail. It’s a tote bag made from an old Starbucks green apron. It definitely works and you end up with two pockets on the outside. The straps are adjustable too. I can’t wait to use it!

I love it!

Starbucks partner Mary (in the city of Orange, in Orange County, California) made this bag for me! I know I said this already, but it was a total surprise, and I was truly surprised and delighted! How thoughtful!

Mary is an 8-year partner and her favorite core coffees are Komodo Dragon and Caffè Verona. I actually know her store manager, Amy, and here’s what Amy told me: “Mary is the mother and heart of our store. She opens 5 days a week and knows everyone. She truly cares about our customers.” Mary doesn’t sell the apron tote bags. (Sorry she doesn’t have an etsy page.) She makes them as gifts for partners or those who might enjoy them!

Thank you Mary!

Apron tote1 - 1 - 20160428_193352 side view of starbucks green apron tote bag1 - 1 - 20160428_193300 back side of apron tote








I enjoy the creativity involved in upcycling older things. About a year ago, I wrote about a Seattleite who makes impressive art from old Starbucks cards.

I’d love to hear about your upcycling of old Starbucks items, if you’ve got a good story. I’ve heard of people making guitar picks from Starbucks cards, or cosmetic bags from old coffee bags, and much more. Use the contact form to reach me!

By the way, I do have a public facing address, so it is possible for me to get an out-of-the-blue surprise once in a while. (It’s pretty rare though!) The address here is my public address, which is actually a UPS store in Seattle.

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  • jenn in GA

    i have three old aprons that i have the old siren on them that i can’t bear to part with. i’d like to have one made into a tote! what a great gift.

  • Lori Carstens

    Unfortunately this is against SBux policy. Old aprons are to be return to Sbux I guess if you purchase your own at then it is OK. Same with cards, we as partners are to throw away all cards, even those with a zero balance, that customers do not want.

  • B. Sanderson

    In my store we have a collection bin where customers return empty coffee bags. We have a customer that picks them up and turns them into tote bags and other misc crafty items. She has a little chalk board by the collection bin – I think since last September she’s collected 2k bags for crafts – upcycled and kept out of landfills!

  • A. Richardson

    I have a daughter that works for Starbucks and would love to have one of these totes made for her. I would appreciate it if you could put me in contact with whoever made this bag.

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