Most news reports about the announcement from Starbucks that they will stop using single-use plastic straws overlooked the importance of a shareholder proposal on the issue:
As You Sow is pleased to learn via news reports of Starbucks’ commitment to phase out plastic straws at all stores by 2020. A shareholder proposal filed by As You Sow and voted on by shareholders in March, asking the company to phase out plastic straws, received the support of nearly 30% of shareholders, with shares worth $54 billion. The proposal was presented by Adrian Grenier, co-founder of Lonely Whale and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. In addition, environmental groups collected 1 million signatures on a petition asking for similar action, which was presented to company CEO Kevin Johnson.
“We applaud this action by the company and actions taken to focus its design efforts on meeting this ambitious goal,” said Conrad MacKerron, As You Sow’s senior vice president. “This action is good news for global plastic pollution reduction and ocean protection efforts.”