The Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the plastic waste and pollution crisis, by causing corporate pauses and backtracks on single-use plastic reduction efforts. In March 2020, popular coffee giant Starbucks stopped allowing customers to bring their own reusable cups amid health concerns.
One year later, and despite health experts agreeing that single-use isn't inherently safer than reuse when proper sanitation systems are in place, Starbucks still hasn't reintroduced reusable cups in its coffee shops in Canada.
According to its own statements, the company distributes an estimated 6 billion disposable paper and plastic cups around the world every year. Most of these cups end up in landfills, or as pollution. This has to change!
Starbucks has made green commitments. It’s time the company holds to them.
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