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Starbucks is Trash
Tuesday August 30th 2005, 12:47 am
Filed under: Nature / Eco,Truth
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Before this round of pics I want to show you a link http://www.delocator.net/index.php Check it out – it is a way to avoid Starbucks and support your local non corporate coffee houses. Now to the trash…

Scott the snap and dash phone photo documentarian captured these photos. They were all taken along Chestnut street in San Francisco along TWO blocks with trash cans on each corner.

If you have pictures of Starbucks Trash – please leave me a comment with your email address and I will contact you for your contribution to the library of starbucks trashiness.


andrei hedstrom

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I’m probably not supposed to say this, but don’t these photos show the idiocy and carelessness of the consumers of Starbucks more than Starbucks themselves?

Comment by Sherry 08.30.05 @ 3:41 pm

Exactly. They point at the type of irresponsibility that is bred by such establishments. Note that with the massive volume of consumption that is channeled through Starbucks, so little care is given to what chain they are part of. They do next to no fair trade coffee purchasing. They use only 10% recycled material (this means they use approximately 45 million pounds of virgin tree timber A YEAR) in their massive amounts of paper products.

On a site dedicated to Starbucks Gossip and frequented by workers of the chain http://starbucksgossip.typepad.com/_/2004/11/starbucks_cups_.html – you can find plenty of statements like –

“We go through about 50 gallons of milk a day and do not recycle a single carton. We always have left-over NY Times and local papers and we never recycle those either.”

Who would support such behavior – my theory is that people less in touch with such concerns are often less in touch with the problems of littering. I know this is a bit of a leap, but awareness changes people. If the people consuming from Starbucks actually looked into the face of their consumption, most would no longer participate – at least if you believe people are basically good and would choose not to harm their fellow humans or the natural world anymore than they could help. Still you are correct in saying that the garbage being left everywhere is not their doing.

I think the thing I am pointing to with this blog chain is that unconsidered consumption breeds inconsiderate behavior. When we are mindful of what we are doing, or behavior towards ourself, our fellow human and the natural world tend to be at its best. Littering is a basic act of consideration that most of us learned as children. This is a mirror, hopefully it reflects the problem to some people who are contributing, but at the very least it will populate the internet with images that demonstrate a condition.

Thanks for tuning in SBGK!

Comment by andrei hedstrom 08.30.05 @ 7:17 pm

The Starbucks Delocator – sounds like a fabulous ring, from a 1950’s cereal box, but more powerful. In cities where the ratio of Starbuck’s to all the remaining Independent Cafe’s seem to be about 1:1, this is a way to decode the proliferation of mass non-fair trade, non shade grown, non-organic coffee. Thanks.

Here’s a great story about one of several neighborhoods in San Francisco that have rejected Starbucks

The good news is cities across the country are passing ordinances like San Francisco’s Formula Business Ordinance (2004), which makes it mandatory for so-called formula businesses to notify neighborhoods before opening up shop. If the neighborhood objects to the store they have the option of “… requesting a public hearing and subjecting the applicant to a list of criteria.”

Comment by tao 09.02.05 @ 9:05 pm

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