Countdown’s last straw

The virtue signalling at Countdown continues. Now it is becoming a mantra.

Stuff reports: quote

Shoppers won’t find plastic straws in Countdown stores from October 1 – they’ll be off the shelves.

Countdown is removing them from all stores and ?replacing them with?a range of alternatives including bamboo, metal and paper straws.

Sustainable Coastlines?co-founder and lead?Camden Howitt said plastic straws were one of the most? common??plastic items?found on NZ beaches.

However, ?most of them were not coming from supermarkets. end quote

So, the straws found at beaches are not coming from supermarkets, because… the ones bought at supermarkets mostly go into the rubbish and then into landfills. Right? But that is not going to stop the virtue signallers at Countdown. Ban them anyway. quote:

“It’s still a good step. While it is a good thing, we need individuals to say to the bars, cafes and restaurants: ‘No straw thanks’.?I think that’s the way we’ll get everyone onboard.” end quote.

I must be getting old. I just can’t see the connection between buying straws from a supermarket that are taken home and used, and going to a restaurant and telling them not to use straws. Am I missing something here? quote.

Countdown’s move is expected to remove 11.6 million straws from circulation and the waste stream each year.

EarthSavvy founder?Kristy Lorson?said?it was great that Countdown was phasing out the sale of plastic straws and commended? the sustainable options such as reusable bamboo and metal straws.

“Straws may seem like a drop in the ocean when it comes to the problem of plastic pollution, but every step we make to move away from our disposable plastic habits is a positive one and I think turtles, in particular, will be pleased with this decision.” end quote.

But how come a bamboo or metal straw cannot harm a turtle? They may well end up in the waterways as well. But, they are okay, I take it?

Countdown seems to be run by a bunch of zealots these days. I wondered what the checkout operator was wearing under her uniform last time I was in there. It looked remarkably like a hair shirt.

Paper Straws

Plastic straws are cheap, of course. They are being replaced with much more expensive alternatives, all under the guise of sustainability. But don’t be fooled. This is all about profit. As for the paper ones… sigh… more deforestation. That will be good for the planet, won’t it? quote.

Christchurch city councillors want plastic?straws?gone by the end of 2019, and?Wellington is making moves to become New Zealand’s first straw-free city. end quote.

Oh God. Spare me. Justin Lester will be on the case. I can’t stand it. quote.

Countdown general manager of corporate affairs and sustainability Kiri Hannifin said Countdown was serious about reducing unnecessary plastic to protect the country’s environment.

“Straws can have a disastrous impact on the marine environment if they end out there. end quote.

Yes, but by your own admission, straws sold at the supermarket are not the ones that end up in the oceans… oh God. What’s the point? quote.

“One of the best ways we can reduce that impact is by moving away from selling products that are used once and then thrown away,.”

Hannifin said the single-use plastic bag phase out had already shown them New Zealanders were already changing the way they shopped. end quote.

Yes, Countdown. I’m changing the way I shop. From now on, I will be shopping elsewhere. Too much zealotry going on at your place.

And the thing is, I never even buy straws. I’m just sick to death of being told what to do.


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