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Plastic Straw Ban Heats Up II

Jolly Sunshine Limited | Updated: Mar 26, 2018

As You Sow Senior Vice President, Conrad MacKerron, commented: “Investors should be concerned about the company’s lack of action. Starbucks stands to lose a major competitive edge when rivals like McDonald’s make global recycling commitments. The company must also take seriously the considerable environmental damage that occurs when its plastic straws and lids are swept into waterways around the world.” Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

What all of this concern about plastic straws getting into the ocean fails to take into consideration is the human factor. Plastic straws do not throw themselves into waterways, ending up in the nostril of a sea turtle (a famously shared video). Humans have a responsibility to discard items—particularly single-use items such as straws, lids and cups—in the proper way. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

Obviously, paper straws, even if thrown into the ocean, will disintegrate quickly as they did in one man’s Coke Zero, leaving no trace of having ever existed. Plastic was designed specifically to maintain its strength and durability. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

The war being waged against Starbucks’ use of plastic in its business by the activist group began nearly a decade ago, and the latest “shareholder resolution” notes that the company has failed to meet its pledge made in 2008: By 2015, 100% of its cups would be reusable or recyclable; 25% of beverages would be served in reusable containers; and front-of-store recycling containers would be placed in owned and operated stores. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

“The company has fallen far short on these goals. Most of the four billion paper cups it serves every year still end up in landfills because they are not recyclable due to a plastic coating that requires special processing and lack of infrastructure to recycle cups,” noted the resolution to be presented today by Grenier. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

As You Sow’s resolution notes that even if plastic items degrade, they end up as small particles “that birds and marine animals mistake for food, resulting in illness and death. Our packaging that degrades in waterways can transfer hazardous chemicals to animals and potentially to humans.” Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

Corporations never ignore these contrived shareholder resolutions by activist groups who are funded by non-scientific grantors and individuals. Given the threat of bad press that As You Sow sows in the pubic media if these resolutions are not passed, shareholders typically pass them with a “commitment” to try and solve the perceived problem of plastics, when they obviously know human littering of valuable plastics is the real problem.  Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.