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Vegan Actor Alicia Silverstone Asks Starbucks To Ditch Non-Dairy Milk Fee

by | March 17, 2020

According to a recent press release from PETA, vegan actor Alicia Silverstone is calling on Starbucks to drop its surcharge on non-dairy milk.

Starbucks charges up to 80 cents more for soy and nut milk lattes despite previously urging its customers to avoid dairy milk.

Silverstone — who is an honorary PETA director — will ask Starbucks to drop these fees at its virtual annual meeting on March 18.

“Starbucks is paying lip service to environmentalism while penny-pinching at the expense of its customers, cows, and the planet,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. 

“PETA and Alicia Silverstone are telling Starbucks’ shareholders that if they’re really serious about reducing the company’s carbon footprint, they’ll ask it to drop the vegan surcharge immediately.”

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Starbucks charges up to 80 cents more for non-dairy milk (Photo: I love coffee/Shutterstock.com)

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Previous Vegan Activism

This isn’t Silverstone’s first time raising concerns about non-dairy milk surcharges. She also took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the topic in 2019.

“I’m always frustrated by extra charges for non-dairy milk,”she wrote.

“Y should we be penalized 4 making the eco-choice? It would be amazing for @Starbucks to lead the way &consider enviro externalities associated w the dairy industry by having dairy cost + or at least = plantmilk fees.”

Silverstone also previously voiced PETA’s animatronic Carly the Cow as part of an initiative to encourage elementary students to stop drinking dairy. 

In addition, she urged shoemaker K-Swiss to stop using leather and has encouraged people to reduce their individual carbon footprints with some sustainability tips of her own.


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