Buzz-word Marketing Strikes Again (Starbucks)

The latest from Starbucks is that they are going to discourage milk products at their stores.

Starbucks Taking Aim at Dairy (Bloomburg)

As usual, this is taking popular buzzwords (“Carbon footprint” and “Greenhouse Gases”) and using them for a marketing bump without regard for science (or for a real analysis of the entire business model or an effort to make a real change).

Even the Bloomburg article notes that Starbucks accounts for a tiny percentage of US Milk production, but also notes that the Starbucks name might be sufficient to tilt the rest of the coffee house industry in the same direction.

 

 

Interestingly, this announcement is a month after the animal-rights/vegan-pushing PETA purchases one (1) share of Starbucks stock so representatives can attend Starbucks shareholder meetings.

PETA buys Starbucks Stock, Will Take Fight Against Nondairy Milk Surcharge to the Board Room (Food and Wine), December 18, 2019.

The Great Recycling Myth

You recycle, don’t you?  You don’t worry about all the (cheap) plastic water bottles, soda bottles, and other plastic goods, because you toss them in the recycle bin, right?

I’ve been a big believer in REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE being practiced in that order.  I live in a rural area where recycling is difficult to accomplish, so in our family, we try to prioritize REDUCE and REUSE and create less of the RECYCLE.

This video suggests that REDUCE-REUSE should be the priority for everyone – the “RECYCLE” part is mostly a myth.

Reddit’s Mindblowing Facts (fact-checked)

Reddit is one of my favorite (and probably a lot of people’s favorite) time-waster.  It’s a terrific community of commentary, and some information is both astonishing and accurate.

Thanks to Nick Douglas at Lifehacker for the list – you should check it out (and be sure to check the citations – the supporting information for the facts is just as interesting as the facts).

(Note – some of the info, while interesting, is NSFW.)

Reddit’s Favorite Mindblowing Facts of All Time, Fact-Checked.