Can Starbucks Straws Solve The Plastic Problem?

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The decision to eliminate Starbucks straws by 2020 is making headlines. But is it a step in the right direction? Because they can be made of so many different types of plastic and don’t include an identifying “chasing arrow” symbol, straws aren’t typically recycled. Americans use 500 million every day. So eliminating Starbucks straws seems like a good thing, right? Well, maybe. [Read more…]

Starbucks Pilloried for Conflict Palm Oil

Remember when we took the palm oil challenge–was it as eye-opening for you as it was for me? Get ready to open them even wider: Now Starbucks is involved. [Read more…]

New Year’s Resolution: Boycott Starbucks, Support GMO Labeling

new year's resolution starbucks boycott shows starbucks cup on tableLast year, my New Year’s resolutions focused on small changes that can improve your health and our environment. This year, in addition to the Shop Drop Challenge, I’m just making just one New Year’s resolution—which has the power to change everything. [Read more…]

A Case for Fair Trade Coffee

a perfect cup of cappuccinoHi, my name is Rachel, and I’m an addict.

But I’m not confessing anything here that my friends and family don’t already know. They’ve seen the signs: The heightened anxiety, snappishness, darting eyes. The way I examine the street corners when we’re out and my  afternoon withdrawal sets in. I’m addicted to coffee. But not just any coffee: My drug of choice is fair trade coffee, with steamed organic milk.

I’ve tried other varieties of caffeine infusions. Brewed tastes bitter and gives me a stomachache. I can do tea, in a pinch—I drink it at breakfast every day. But after a few days of afternoon tea I’m more depressed than an Londoner in February.

But the organic, fair trade coffee choice is bigger than taste. [Read more…]