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To: Public consumers - Prêt a Manger customers.

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

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

We want Pret a Manger (Starbucks and other chains), to stop offering free plastic stirrers/stoppers 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/stoppers 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/stoppers) 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.“"



2018-10-10 18:25:37 +0100

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2018-10-10 17:03:31 +0100

What if Mr McGuire had said "Plastics - and their alternatives"?

Would the world now be drowning in plastic? In 1967 it was the wonder material - and we lost sight of it being, we must start rethinking our use and disposal of plastic. Please watch our latest #StirCrazy film and tell us what you think? And please just ask "why plastic?" when you are offered it.

2018-06-15 16:35:48 +0100

A quick list of our coverage so far - spread the word!

2018-05-09 08:55:31 +0100

Last week Zac Goldsmith MP questioned Starbucks' #StirCrazy offering of plastic stirrers here
Let's all ask them?
C'mon we can do this!

2018-04-30 15:22:40 +0100
#StirCrazy in schools!

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

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

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

"Overwhelming support by businesses, governments and the public" as published here:

please add to our petition and spread the word.

2018-04-23 08:49:18 +0100 The question hasn't been answered...

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

Today #StirCrazy reported in the Daily Telegraph:
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 -

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

Reported on
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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
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!

2018-03-28 13:41:18 +0100 Michael Gove's supporting video of #StirCrazy, this week.

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

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