Famed international coffee chain Starbucks has finally opened shop in Malta, but you will not find Malta Clean-Up activist Cami Appelgren ordering a single cappuccino or Frappucino from them.
In a Facebook post, Appelgren noted that Starbucks Malta is run by the db Group, the business group which runs the db Seabank Resort and Spa and which plans to construct a luxury high-rise complex in place of the former ITS.
“I consider db group to be big part of the degradation of our country and I won’t even give them a cent of my money!” she said. “Don’t feed the wolves that chuck concrete down our throat! That is the most important thing here if you ask me!”
Appelgren also noted that Starbucks has internationally been accused of tax avoidance and that it produces some six billion plastic and paper cups annually
“Recyclable and compostable packaging is only a beneficial if the country where they are sold have proper waste facility to treat it,” she said. “And guess what? Malta doesn’t have it. A cup being compostable or biodegradable doesn’t mean it can simply be thrown in a backyard compost pile.”
“It doesn’t get hot enough to process those materials. The same goes if it ends up in a landfill, where garbage decomposes through an anaerobic process producing methane, a greenhouse gas, as opposed to the aerobic process employed through composting.”
The former PD MEP candidate warned that Starbucks coffee cups will also harm the environment if they are thrown into grey bags for recycling
“A compostable cup made from bio materials will be considered as a contaminant if you dispose of it in the grey bag and once it reaches the recycling facility it goes for the landfill,” she said.
Finally, Appelgren said she is boycotting Starbucks because she is concerned it could bully smaller local cafes out of the market and urged her followers to tag their own favourite cafes in a show of support.