Saturday, March 15, 2008

"the way I see it"

so I love starbucks (loved). the ambiance, the drinks, the merchandise BUT I am about to boycott. hear me out. I have always been irked that starbucks does not automatically serve organic milk and their lack of recycling. they pretend they are all for the environment but yet have no recycling programs setup in their stores (at least in our area) and have no problem serving milk with hormones and pesticides. so today I was getting a drink and noticed their new sign, "save a sleeve". seriously, this is their recycling program? I know it is a start BUT if they really cared about the environment that would start a program that didn't benefit the company first. so I wrote them an email tonight because I really wanted to get it off my chest and see what their response may be. why don't they use plastic cups made from PLA that are biodegradable? I read a few plastic facts on and this is what I learned:

* In 2006, Americans drank about 167 bottles of water each, but only recycled an average of 23 percent. That leaves 38 billion water bottles in landfills.

* Bottled water costs between $1 and $4 per gallon and 90 percent of the cost is in the bottle, lid and label.

* According to the Beverage Marketing Corp, the average American consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006 that number jumped to 28.3 gallons.

* It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to manufacture a year’s supply of bottled water. That’s enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars.

* Eight out of 10 plastic water bottles become landfill waste.

* Plastic bottles take 700 years before they begin to decompose in a landfill.

* If everyone in NYC gave up water bottles for one week they would save 24 million bottles from being landfilled; one month would save 112 million bottles and one year would save 1.328 billion bottles from going into the landfill.

to top it all off I read starbucks mission statement and one of
their missions is
"contribute positively to our communities and our environment"


AllyZabba said...

we could propose starbucks start a "bring your own cup" day. maybe give a discount if you bring your own cup, like whole foods does if you bring your own bag. just a thought.

Anonymous said...

some starbucks do give a discount for bringing your own cup - just ask, it's not something they usually advertise. there's no reason why customers can't take a little environmental responsibility as well. or you could boycott. find a cute little local place and bring your own cup - better for the environment and better for the local economy.