To: Public consumers - Prêt a Manger customers.

#StirCrazy: Pret a Manger: free plastic stirrers - why?!

#StirCrazy: Pret a Manger:  free plastic stirrers - why?!

We want Pret a Manger (Starbucks and other chains), to stop offering free plastic stirrers to us customers; they can be FSC-certified-sustainably-sourced wooden ones instead, or metal tea spoons, or.......nothing?!
If you don't stop it, Pret a Manger, then please tell us all why you provide them. It is needlessly costly to you, and to the planet.

Why is this important?

Plastic stirrers are used for 4 seconds: they then last 4 centuries. There are alternatives available: metal tea spoons, bamboo, or sustainably-sourced wood, even. The plastic stirrer - this is the most absurd, damaging, pointless single-use plastic available - it should not be so. Don't offer them for free! You will save money, the world's environment and your reputation of being 'natural'. If we really want to potentially toxify our coffee or water with a stirrer, at least make us pay for the pleasure. C'mon - charge us!

How it will be delivered

Stage a press conference with Pret a Manger (when they have agreed to stop offering plastic stirrers) Governments, NGOs and businesses: all signing up to the #StirCrazy slogan "Re-think your plastic - don't stir with it! We don't." and the #StirCrazy declaration "“We accept that there is no situation in which a plastic stirrer is necessary. We will ensure that they are no longer used in our business and will encourage our suppliers and customers to do likewise.“"


Reasons for signing

  • Something should be done plastic stirrers big problem with plastic in the uk and wales uk
  • This is by far one of the most important campaigns I have been fortunate to be associated with. While we are all generally aware of how plastic is an environmental disaster, here is a quick and easy way of getting our voice heard. Clear Public Space is a dynamic initiative led by Luke and deserves all the possible support. If we get rid of something as simple as a plastic stirrer, we can contribute immensely towards safeguarding our environment. Please sign.
  • Luke has got a point here.

Updates

2018-04-25 17:55:24 +0100

"spread the word and make plastic stirrers collectors items - billions of them every year!

http://www.recyclingwasteworld.co.uk/in-depth-article/building-on-the-stircrazy-campaign-to-ban-plastic-drinks-stirrers/173025/

2018-04-25 17:53:25 +0100

"Overwhelming support by businesses, governments and the public" as published here: http://www.recyclingwasteworld.co.uk/in-depth-article/building-on-the-stircrazy-campaign-to-ban-plastic-drinks-stirrers/173025/

please add to our petition and spread the word.

2018-04-23 08:49:18 +0100

https://youtu.be/P7GH6dysJxI The question hasn't been answered...

2018-04-19 11:06:44 +0100

Today #StirCrazy reported in the Daily Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/04/18/plastic-stirrers-straws-cotton-wool-buds-could-banned-england/
and quoted: 'Luke Douglas-Home, the founder of the StirCrazy campaign, said: “We use them for four seconds and then they last for centuries.

“It is great that Theresa May and Michael Gove are walking it like they are talking it. They are doing something about the worldwide problem of plastics in the environment.

“Now it is up to other countries to follow this lead in questioning all of our single use plastics.”'

2018-04-12 16:04:17 +0100

Emily Maitlis (BBC Newsnight) has supported our campaign with a tweet -https://twitter.com/maitlis/status/983705907820486656

2018-04-05 12:02:23 +0100

Reported on Edie.net
https://www.edie.net/news/5/Waitrose-builds-on-plastics-pledge-by-banning-plastic-straws-in-cafes/
Sign up-Join us!

2018-04-03 09:56:33 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-03-30 08:39:03 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-03-29 08:19:27 +0100

Reported in today's Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5556387/Michael-Gove-backs-purge-plastic-drink-stirrers.html
sign up - join us! And make the world a slightly better place.

2018-03-28 17:44:01 +0100

Nisbets have taken the step of joining the campaign - delisting their provision of plastic stirrers and offering FSC wooden ones instead. This is terrific!
https://www.nisbets.co.uk

2018-03-28 13:41:18 +0100

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4KCQsPMQyE Michael Gove's supporting video of #StirCrazy, this week.

2018-03-28 13:37:19 +0100

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/michael-gove-stirs-it-up-with-plastic-straws-ban-5hnbwm6z k
The Sunday Times mentions Gove's support of #StirCrazy

2018-03-25 22:03:20 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-03-22 14:21:03 +0000

10 signatures reached

2018-03-14 18:02:48 +0000

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