Comment about Starbucks’ irresponsible, polluting product packaging submitted to Starbucks Customer Service Contact Us form

I wrote the following comment to Starbucks this morning after looking at my sack of Starbucks ground coffee bags.  I’d been saving them up since i thought these could be taken to a Starbucks store and recycled there.  But I asked about recycling these used ground coffee bags at the store and they looked at me like I had crabs crawling out of my ears. In addition, the fellow behind the counter was rather patronizing in the tone of his response to me, as if I was stupid for asking. This made me mad.

Here’s my note to Starbucks:

12/6/2017

Dear Starbucks,
I like your coffee. I’m VERY VERY concerned about the environmental impact of your product packaging.

Your paper cups say they contain 10% post consumer waste. Can’t you do better than THAT? How about 100% post consumer waste to make your cups. Why not?

And the plastic cups? Why aren’t they made of post consumer waste? They should be.

And what about the bags in which your coffee beans and ground coffee are packaged. Those are neither composed of post consumer waste nor are they recyclable.

All this amounts to a BLOT on Starbuck’s environmental responsibility. Starbucks is a HUGE POLLUTER.

What are you going to do about that?
My suggestions:
Make sure ALL PACKAGING is composed of 100% post consumer waste.
Make ALL PACKAGING 100% recyclable or biodegradable.

Come on Starbucks. Be a good corporate citizen of the world. Do the right thing. Lead the way!

Thank you,
Emily Gleichenhaus
Arlington, VA
Project PUT: Pick Up Trash

PS: I will be posting my note to you and your response on all our social media.

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CindyLoo the Mermaid: Keep Her Oceans Clean!

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CindyLoo the Mermaid, sitting on Mermaid Rock
Art by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
For Project PUT: Pick Up Trash

This is CindyLoo the Mermaid, who was inspired by my friend Cindy Hutchins​ who, the other day, expressed how much she loves Mermaids.

CindyLoo is made of 100% post consumer waste (pictures from magazines and newspapers that I saved for the colors).

I’m going to print her on 100% recycled paper and as a cover for notebooks that I make that are also all recycled (and comprised partly of reclaimed materials).

This is the promote
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And to raise awareness of what human’s irresponsible use of plastics is doing to our oceans. Did you know that you are drinking microplastics in every glass and bottle of water? And, have you seen images of those vast garbage patches in the oceans? These patches are largely comprised of irresponsibly disposed of plastics. Do we REALLY need to package our food and water in materials that we use for such a short time, but which will not decompose in the lifetime of any living organism on earth? Come on people!

Don’t make CindyLoo the Mermaid swim in plastic garbage. And don’t make your grandchildren drink plastic from the water fountain.

Think about what you do. Think about how you do it and the impact is has on you, all the living organisms around you, and all the living organizers tin the future.

We need to take responsibility for the things we do, the things we consume, and the ways in which we do things. And we need to ask EVERY kind of business, from our local coffee shop, to manufacturers of cars, to electronic companies, to do the same.

I regularly write manufacturers about the materials they use in their products and packaging. I ask them to please begin using post consumer waste in both and to encourage customers to recycle and buy products specifically for the responsible way in which they were created.

Humans created this problem and we can solve it, too. And we can solve it in a way that CREATES jobs and makes the world a better place.

Let’s work together and do the right thing.

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These are the collages that I crafted to create CindyLoo the Mermaid collage:

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Mermaid Hair Collage
Artwork by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Mermaid’s Rock Collage
Artwork by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Fish Scales Collage
Artwork by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Fresh Gourmet Product Packaging

I love Fresh Gourmet wonton strips on salads.  But their packaging is an environmental nightmare.  So I filled out their form and wrote a comment: 

Dear Fresh Gourmet,

I love your wonton strips and tortilla strips for salads.  One of my favorite things lately is to combine freshly roasted chicken, shaved carrots, your wonton strips, and Makoto dressing together to make the most delicious salad, made better by the crunch wontons.

But I feel just horrible about your packaging. Every time I enjoy a package of wonton strips, I feel like I’m sacrificing my moral integrity, because your packaging is not biodegradable, it is not made of post consumer waste and it is not recyclable.  It’s horrible!!

Does it really have to be this way?  Before it’s too late, companies need to start thinking about, and taking some responsibility for, what happens to their products and product packaging after they’ve been used.

Maybe Fresh Gourmet could be a leader in product packaging!

Please, right away, start packaging your goodies in wrappings that are comprised of 100% post consumer waste and that are also recyclable and biodegradable.  Humans can put a man on the moon, don’t you think Fresh Express could find a way to package wonton strips in a way that doesn’t ruin the environment?

Thank you.

A conflicted customer,

Emily Gleichenhaus

Arlington, VA

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Shouldn’t dog poop bags be made of post consumer waste? I asked the seller.

On 9/26/2017, I picked up trash, as usual, and found this empty bag.  It’s was a neatly folded plastic bag.  I opened it up (to use it to hold more trash that I found) and saw a sticker on the bag that indicated it was intended for picking up dog poop.  I researched the maker (listed on the sticker) and wrote the following note:

2017 09 26 dog poop bag

9/26/2017
Note to Best Pet Supplies, Inc.
BestPetHouse.com

I am one of those weirdos who picks up trash. My daughter and I even started a blog:
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One of the things I picked up this morning was an un-used dog poop bag that someone dropped.

I looked for info on it and found your name and logo on the closure sticker.

What I did not see was any info on the bag that is was manufactured with post consumer waste.

Obviously, one is not going to recycle a plastic poop bag filled with dog shit, but at the VERY LEAST, you could consider the earth and make that bag out of post consumer waste. How nice and lasting does a literal sack of shit need to be?

Even better, make your bags biodegradable!

Do we really need for those bags, and shit in those bags, to sit around in pristine condition until our posterity have long since passed along? I don’t think so.

I’m hoping you will consider putting some thought into, and take some responsibility for, what happens to your products (all of them) once they are used.

How about being a leader on this?

Do something good for your future, my future, the future of our children, and the future of all those dogs you make poop bags for?

 

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What can we do about the environmental crisis of Fast Fashion?

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FAST FASHION IS CREATING AN ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS
http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/09/old-clothes-fashion-waste-crisis-494824.html

Please add your thoughts to mine:

  • Check out Zero Waste Daniel clothing line, that’s something
  • If we could convince the fashion industry (the designers, manufacturers, advertisers, and merchants that it is enduringly fashionable and cool to reuse and repurpose clothes, then we’ve gotten somewhere.
  • Likewise, fast fashion must become a taboo, uncool, unfashionable, and shameworthy.
  • If fast fashion were unfashionable, people would not buy it.
  • Another idea is to create LASTING demand and desire for clothing that is both recyclable/biodegradable and manufactured from post consumer waste.
  • Companies like Teeki, Rumi, Rothy’s and even Adidas are already doing this.
  • What needs to happen is for this manufacturing method to become the standard instead of specialty items.
  • Another idea is to create a demand for these discarded clothes as a valuable commodity. If manufacturers needed these items to repurpose them for thins like creating other clothes, home insulation, or other repurposing products, then collection systems would be created and people would be incentivized not to create garbage with their old clothes, buy to submit them to the supply line.

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Like Blobs of Fat in the world’s sewers and plastic garbage filling the oceans, being a little more thoughtful and purposeful as a species (as in not being so lazy), we humans could prevent a lot of problems

Huge Blobs of Fat and Trash Are Filling the World’s Sewers
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/fatbergs-fat-cities-sewers-wet-wipes-science/

This is another example that if we were all a little more thoughtful and purposeful (read: “not so lazy”) about the way we did things. The world would be in such better shape!

Here are some ideas (do the best you can):

  • Don’t let cooking fat go down the drain (scrape it into garbage)
  • Recycle
  • Reuse
  • But items made from post consumer waste and ask manufacturers to use post consumer waste in their products and packaging
  • Don’t use plastic straws (ask for paper or use your own reusable one)
  • Buy organic produce
  • Pick Up Trash
  • Don’t litter
  • Be considerate of others (including animals and the environment) and how your waste disposal habits will affect them
  • Use reusable containers (rather than prepackaged items) whenever possible 
  • Support environmental causes
  • Give a hoot, don’t pollute
  • Keep America Beautiful

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