Environment, Starbucks

Starbucks is one of a number of companies responding to pressure to be more environmentally friendly. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Associated Press in New York

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores globally by 2020, in a nod to the growing push for businesses to be more environmentally friendly.

The Seattle-based company said on Monday it will instead use straws made from other materials, and lids designed not to need straws.

McDonald’s also recently said it would switch to paper straws in the UK and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some US locations. In February, Dunkin’ Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020.

Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life. The push gained traction after a viral video in 2015 showed rescuers removing a straw from a sea turtle’s nose in graphic detail.

Local governments have also been looking at the issue. Last week, Seattle’s ban on single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service outlets took effect, and Starbucks says it already offers alternative straws there. Similar proposals are being considered elsewhere, including New York and San Francisco.

While straws have become a high-profile issue, they make up only about 4% of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight. Straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the nearly 9m tons of plastic waste that hits waters each year.

Still, those who support limiting plastic straws say they are generally unnecessary and a ban is good symbol.

The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the US and Canada to follow next year.

A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where they will be used in selected stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.


Article source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/09/starbucks-eliminate-plastic-straws-globally-2020


4th of July, Independence Day

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On Deaf Row: To Hear or Not to Listen

Posted: June 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

To hear or not to listen?

From Behind the Pen

Listening, Hearing, EarsImage Credit: Vera Kratochvil

What does it feel like to be deaf in a world of sound? How does someone pretend to listen when they are not hearing at all; when they are talking loud and saying nothing?

Is it selective hearing or simply ignoring words, the pleading for help or cries of spoken truths? Do we jump to premature and unsubstantiated conclusions without taking into consideration the hardcore evidence at hand? Are we truly listening, whether we are able to hear or not?

The expression that “People hear what they want to hear” is one that holds some level of truth, but they also hear what they don’t want to hear, whether they acknowledge and accept it or not. Friends, foes, countrywomen, and countrymen, lend me your ears! Show me your compassion.

It amazes me how much an individual who is hearing impaired can hear and listen better, more intuitively than someone with perfect hearing capability. Do you hear what I am saying?

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Mother's Day

Image  —  Posted: May 13, 2018 in Celebrations, Holidays

May Day

Happy May Day!

Let the flowers bloom, the birds sing, the sun rise and the earth ring with peace, gladness, unity, and joy.

Earth Day, Seasons, Nature

Regardless of the season, every day is a reason to celebrate Earth Day!

Easter, Happy Easter

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