I don’t drink coffee, but that doesn’t seem to put me at a disadvantage when I go to Starbucks, especially with their new chocolate banana thingadingy. I like Starbucks. I like that they have comfortable chairs. I like that they have low-fat options. I like that their sheer ubiquity makes finding a bathroom when traveling the world feasible.
What I don’t like is the apparent Starbucks addiction to disposable items. They own ceramic mugs and they own real plates. Yet, every time I go in, even if I specify that my beverage or Danish is “for here,” the whippersnapper behind the counter reaches for a plastic cup or a paper bag.
It’s for here, kiddo. I promise I’ll leave the mug behind when I leave.
This seems a universal across Starbucks’s internationally, although the issue is more noticeable in the U.S. Sitting in a Starbucks recently, having narrowly escaped a plastic cup, I looked around. There were ten or eleven other people in the shop, but not one of them had a reusable cup. Every single one of them was drinking from plastic.
So, here’s what I am wondering. Why, in these days of greening and earth-saving, can’t Starbucks try out two new policies? First, perhaps they could make more of a commitment to recycling, providing separate bins for all those plastic cups in every single store. And, second, they could train their cute little people in green aprons to ask with every order, “Would you prefer a mug with that, or do you prefer something that you will use once and then toss in a landfill?”
Now, you know that no business is going to start changing policies just because I think it should do so. I need a few more people behind me. Like you and your friends. You can do this one of two ways. Either go to the Starbucks comment website and send an email about this issue (and include a link to this post, please, so they know it is a group effort), marking it as “corporate responsibility” issue. Or, please leave a comment for Starbucks today on this post. Leave a nice little comment telling them that you really would prefer if that company did not have it’s own private landfill. Even if you never comment, even if you don’t have a blog of your own, PLEASE COMMENT TODAY!
Also, please forward this post to your friends, family, and complete strangers. Please link from your blog if you have one. I want to collect as many comments as possible before I forward the link on to Starbucks, and I want them to get a tidy little group of emails.
And, finally, when you next go into a Starbucks – and believe me, there is one near wherever you are – if you are planning on staying, tell the perky youngster behind the counter that you want that latte in a mug. You may have to say it twice, but hopefully the message will get through.
Please, today restrict your comments to this particular Starbucks issue — I’d like to stay on point here and get the message across! Thanks.