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I absolutely commend you imperfection. It is more welcoming to those who balk at the immensity of living eco-consciously. Don't punish yourself overly, and yes, tend toward 100%, but absolutely no one is 100%. Thank you for this post. :)
1 year, 4 months ago on Confession of an Anti-Plastic Activist Caught Red-Handed With a BPA-Lined Can
@Claretta Freeman Adopt little tiny habits over time. Don't try to do everything, or feel bad that you can't be a hero. :) Feel *great* that you have the genuine heart to try! (^_^)
1 year, 7 months ago on Collecting Garbage Without Plastic Trash Bags?
@Shannon Well said. I think it is the responsible choice of Starbucks to at least figure out a way to offer recycling in store, or stop offering plastic at all. It's a cost but at least 16 zillion tons of paper cups will return to the earth someday.
1 year, 7 months ago on Starbucks Trash: Behind the Scenes
@EcoCatLady I commend your attitude to just live away from convenience foods. I personally really like strong Starbucks coffee, it makes me happy, I don't drink it to medicate. :) I also cold brew my own coffee at home, but the local Starbucks charges me 53 CENTS for a big coffee refill with 2 espresso shots. That's a score!!
I think because 'Bucks is so big and SO ingrained in the day to day lives of many people including the very rich and powerful, that adopting efforts to improve its shade of green would have a ripple effect on society. It's true that a bandaid isn't going to stop an artery from bleeding, but it's better than nothing, and Starbucks is here to stay. :( I feel like its a responsibility of us consumers to at least try meekly to staunch the blood flow.
@Tracey TieF I'm so sick of this "WE HAVE TO! WE HAVE TO! It's policy!!" bullsh**! "We have to give you a sleeve!" "We have to give you a lid!" "We have to mix your drink separately!" "We have to give you a refill in a new cup!" "We have to give you a paper bag with your single solitary cake pop!" Argh, I feel everyone's frustration.
And the worst feeling is politely rattling off my list of requests at the register "No extra cup, no straw, no sleeve, no receipt, I have a virtual card..." ... and having the people behind me with their faces buried in their cellphones sighing loudly at me in derision, sometimes rolling their eyes. What a terrible feeling. Even so, I do it all with a little smile, sometimes I giggle and engage them with a little "it's amazing how easy it is to memorize my waste-free list, haha!". Rarely does it impact them positively. I hate feeling embarrassed for trying to do the right thing.
@Katie Ostrich Oh dear, I was under the impression that most the USA's electricity these days was produced with clean sources such as wind or water, or geothermal. I'm shame--shame-shaming myself as we speak. Thank you for the information. I live in PA where coal is still being touted on billboards as "CLEAN", it's abominable. I can't wait to see the coal industry go under.
Wait... totally off topic but... how does recharging an electric car use oil?? I'm seriously curious, thanks! :)