Not only will 2018 go down as the year environmentalists got people to hate plastic, but it could also be the year more of it will be used too. Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Starbucks announced that the company will phase out using disposable straws by the year 2020 and replace them with recyclable, strawless lids on most of their iced drinks.
The company decided to join in the anti-straw chorus set by a number of companies and municipalities who have banned using them. Upon their doing so, the accolades from Leftist media outlets came pouring in. However, after looking Starbucks’ new policy, an intrepid reporter at Reason discovered that the coffee giant’s approach will result in more plastic being used rather than less. From the article:
Right now, Starbucks patrons are topping most of their cold drinks with either 3.23 grams or 3.55 grams of plastic product, depending on whether they pair their lid with a small or large straw. The new nitro lids meanwhile weigh either 3.55 or 4.11 grams, depending again on lid size.
(I got these results by measuring Starbucks’ plastic straws and lids on two seperate scales, both of which gave me the same results.)
This means customers are at best breaking even under Starbucks’ strawless scheme, or they are adding between .32 and .88 grams to their plastic consumption per drink. Given that customers are going to use a mix of the larger and smaller nitro lids, Starbucks’ plastic consumption is bound to increase, although it’s anybody’s guess as to how much.
In response, Starbucks still justified its new strawless lids were recyclable, while the present straws used are not. However, as Reason points out, most of their strawless cups will end up in garbage dumps anyway. In reality, Starbucks will end up polluting more with their new strawless policy than they did with their present one. Even alternative straws, like paper or compost, do not have the same quality and can cost more than plastic.
The hype resulting in the anti-plastic campaign by environmentalists was part of a marketing campaign conjured up in 2010 by green activists and a UN climate chief. The effort started off with banning plastic bags, then microbeads, and now plastic drinking straws. The green machine’s next targets have been expanded to include cotton buds and drink stir sticks. The environmentalist movement is a religious-oriented campaign based on never ending hysteria ultimately geared to make human existence on the planet a living hell. The end goal to eventually rid the planet of human beings they deem unfit.