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How Two 6th Graders Got Starbucks To Make A #bettercup

Eddie Irvin

We often tell children that they can be or do anything if they put there mind to it. Mya and Eve two 11 year olds from Calgary, Canada proved that old adage true.   When Mya and Eve received a science project about disposable cups they were shocked by the amount of disposable cups that end up I the landfill, oceans and streets every year. They couldn't believe that companies were allowing such waste to tartar our environment. They decided on that day that they would do what they could to fix the problem. It turns out they could do a whole lot.  

 

Kevin Johnson Starbucks ceo with Eve and Mya from change.org

 With the help of their parents they launched a petition on change.org a internet site that allows your to collect signatures for your petition. They launched a campaign to petition Starbucks. In the campaign where these 3 asks. 

Recommit to 100% recyclable cups. In 2008, you had the goal to serve a recyclable cup by 2015. That did not happen and today, billions of your cups still go straight to the garbage. The plastic lining inside your cups makes it almost impossible to recycle with regular paper. We ask you to please develop a cup that can be recycled across North America and around the world with the existing technology in recycling facilities.


Recommit to 25% reusable cups. Reusable cups are the most responsible approach, but currently, we have found that you serve less than 2% of your hot drinks in reusable mugs. Please create more incentives and engage more people in this project.

Commit to 100% recycled. Currently, 90% of the paper in each Starbucks cup is made from trees that are cut, used once, and then thrown away. We know you can change this. On the path toward 100% recycled/tree-free cups, Starbucks has the opportunity to be a leader and shift toward more sustainable fiber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

 

This campaign launched in February 2018  was a huge success 8 months later this campaign already has 346,881 signatures. Only 2 months after launching their campaign they were meet with Starbucks ceo Kevin Johnson( pictured above) . Where he committed 10 million dollars to the "NexGen cup" which is supposed to be a entirely recyclable and compostable cup. Starbucks expects to have this cup ready by 2021.  Recently McDonalds has decided to partner with Starbucks on this initiative. 

mya eve and ben from change.org in front of Tim hortons

Fueled by the success of there Starbucks capmagin Eve Mya and Ben are now asking Tim Hortons to join in the Nextgen Cup project with McDonalds. They currently have over 95k backers buy there goal is 150k  Join me and lets get this petition to over 150k backers. Share this article with every one you know lets make our future greener. 

The link to this campaign is here - https://www.change.org/p/timhortons-we-know-you-can-make-a-bettercup 

 

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