George Clooney’s selective environmentalism

Next to Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney is another Hollywood, Left coast liberal who wears his green activism on his sleeve. When he accepted the job as spokesman for Nestle’s coffee product Nespresso, he not only earned a cool $40 million but also serves on Nespresso’s Sustainable Advisory Board.

One can only imagine his reaction to a recent UK Daily Mail article pointing out that Nespresso’s sustainability maybe in name only. As it turns out, billions of the pods used in the Nespresso product are alleged to have ended up in landfills every year worldwide. Worst of all, the Daily Mail reports the not only do are the coffee pods made up of plastic and aluminum, they take up to 500 years to break down, and Nespresso’s chief executive Jean-Paul Gaillard recently spoke out stating the pods are an environmental disaster and a terrible mistake.

The Daily Mail also points out the coffee pods are, as Nestle, states are recyclable, unfortunately the vast majority of consumers don’t and the rate of those that do is at about 5 percent. Manufacturers of the coffee pods assert they are doing their utmost to lessen the pods’ environmental impact and they may very well be trying. Environmentalists, naturally, hate the pods due to the potential impact on the environment stating not only do they allegedly occupy lots of landfills but also can pollute land and oceans.

In the interim, if you enjoy coffee delivered from products, like Nespresso, then by all means use them. However, since (like any plastic product) they take quite a while to break down, it makes sense to ensure you dispose of them in your recycle bin if possible. All plastic products can be incinerated and used for electricity but most times environmentalists oppose incinerators as well.

In terms of George Clooney, it never ceases to amaze me when Hollywood elitist liberals expect people to do as they tell them or when they endorse or campaign for certain issues but, when it comes down to it, don’t practice what they preach or (in this case) the program they support doesn’t work out as intended. George Clooney made $40 million endorsing a product that is not in line with his environmental activism and I highly doubt he has any intention of returning it, much less repudiating his support of Nespresso. It goes back to what George Washington once said: Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

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