Actress and vegan activist Alicia Silverstone has had it with the vegan milk surcharge at Starbucks. In a recent letter the actress posted to her blog The Kind Life, Silverstone explained that she, along with other activists such as Alan Cumming, have been asking Starbucks to drop its vegan milk surcharge for many years as the extra charge makes more environmentally and animal-friendly options less accessible to the public. “These charges may seem small, but they penalize customers who are making humane and environmentally friendly choices,” Silverstone wrote. “It also penalizes people for issues they can’t control, like being lactose intolerant—which affects 65 percent of the population, predominantly people of color.”
Silverstone renewed her demand—which she made public in 2019 on Twitter—after the coffee chain released its sustainability plan, which CEO Kevin Johnson announced after an audit found that dairy was responsible for the majority of the chain’s global carbon footprint….