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4 billion cups

4 billion cups
There are roughly 25,000 Starbucks stores in more than 75 countries around the world. Those stores sell more than 4 billion hot beverages every day — all in single-use “paper” cups. Paper cups that are not recyclable because they’re lined with plastic.

That’s 4 billion cups every year filling up landfills and clogging our waterways. The sheer amount of plastic trash created by Starbucks is out of control — and is ending up in waterways and other fragile ecosystems. Starbucks needs to reduce their plastic footprint and ensure their cups are recyclable.

It gets worse. Starbucks’ paper products aren’t even made from recycled paper. Every year, 1.6 million trees are harvested to create these single-use cups.

But it gets even worse. Starbucks plans to open 12,000 more stores in the next three years — an increase of 48 percent. That works out to 5.9 billion cups and 2.4 million trees. Every year!

Greenpeace is part of a coalition trying to make Starbucks — and all corporate plastic polluters — change course. They can switch to recycled paper. They can serve their drinks in cups that are recyclable — or even reusable. In 2008, Starbucks said it would serve a 100% recyclable paper cup and increase reusables to 25 percent by 2015. To date, it hasn’t done either. It’s obvious corporations like Starbucks are not going to change if we don’t force them to.

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Archive on Wednesday, March 21, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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