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August 24, 2007

Subway uses 4 million plastic bags every 24 hours?

Filed under: Branding, Environment — Kaajal @ 3:40 pm

Subway needs to heed its own message

I just read a horrifying story here where it says that Subway uses 4 million plastic bags every 24 hours!

Here’s the full story (here’s a link if you’d prefer to read it at the original source – a weblog called Pangaya. Com):

“On occasion I am out during the day and need a quick, and fairly healthy, lunch which inevitably leads to me standing in line at Subway. During a wait not so long ago I finally noticed just how many plastic bags are wasted by those customers who eat in the restaurant instead of taking it to go.

A bit of searching online led me to the Subway website where they proudly state that they sell enough sandwiches each year to circle the globe at least six times. Stated another way, they use enough plastic bags to circle the globe six times! While some of those customers certainly need a bag to cart their order home or to the office, I’m guessing that a fairly large percentage are carried to a nearby table and then dumped in the trash.

Subway sells 2,800 sandwiches and salads every minute in its U.S. locations (keep in mind, Subway operates in 85 countries and has more than 26,500 locations). Do that math and that works out to 168,000 per hour and 4,032,000 every 24 hours in the U.S. alone!

Subway is by no means the only restaurant to produce massive amounts of garbage, but they are one of the few that use plastic bags. Would it really be so difficult to provide in-store recycling, or better yet, just give the sandwich in the paper wrap and skip the bag altogether?”

I can’t agree with him more. This is awful.

But there’s more. Another anti-Subway blog here tells me that their sandwich makers (I’m told they call them sandwich artists) use a fresh pair of gloves for every sandwich they make. Now add that to their packaging waste and what do you have?

4 million plastic gloves also?

One single organization determined to drown our planet in plastic waste!

What a shame. I quite like Subway sandwiches. And I thought I’d lose weight eating them! All I’m feeling right now is disgust!


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    Comment by Luis — August 27, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

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    Comment by Visitor941 — November 1, 2007 @ 3:30 am

  3. Luis

    Thanks for your comment. I agree with you. The economics have to work and we have managed to suggest self-sustaining and viable solutions for many customers as part of our service.

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    Comment by rajiv — December 8, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

  4. We should all ban together and protest this horrible mess Subway are helping contribute too!! NO PLASTIC!

    Comment by Teneille — July 25, 2010 @ 11:09 am

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