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Starbucks’ white paper cups are impossible to recycle due to the plastic liner on the inside!


The white paper cups are used for hot beverages and are lined with polyethylene plastic to keep the paper intact by protecting it from the hot drink. The paper on the outside of the cup is needed for its rigidity and to keep the form of the cup. Unfortunately, the plastic liner makes the cup unrecyclable in most paper recycling systems. 

Starbucks says they continually look for other options so that their cups may be recyclable, but have yet to find anything. Their hot beverage sleeves were made to eliminate double cupping and are recyclable. They are made of 60 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. They also give a 10 cent discount when customers use their own cups instead of Starbucks’ disposable ones. 

Starbucks has also begun to offer “for here” mugs to customers who stay in the store to enjoy their coffee. They also recycle milk jugs, cardboard, and paper used by the coffee chain to store their supplies. 

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This man takes a bus to work and earns $90k per year. Even though he is the CEO of the tenth largest airline in the world!


Haruka Nishimatsu of Japan Airline is known as the CEO of the people. He believes a CEO should not be motivated by how many millions he makes. He feels his employees should know that he is together with them in the same boat.

"If management is distant, up in the clouds, people just wait for orders. I want my people to think for themselves." Nishimatsu told CBS News. He runs the world's tenth largest airline, but his annual salary is a mere $90,000. This is very little compared to other CEO's in his position, managing airlines. In fact, it is less than what his pilots earn!

Haruka does not just talk the talk, he also walks the walk. When the economic crisis hit his airline, he was forced to cut the salaries of his employees. But he did not just cut the salaries of the workers; he also cut his own salary! He also slashed all his own corporate perks. How many other CEOs will be willing to do the same?

He takes the bus to work and does not have a fancy office. His desk is in an open-plan office alongside those of his employees. During lunchtime he queues in the cafeteria for his lunch and eats it sitting alongside all the other employees in the lunch hall.

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Barbie and Ken got their names from the creator’s children, Barbara and Kenneth!


Barbie is the most famous doll in the world. Ruth Handler was a Denver born businesswoman in 1959 who began the Barbie enterprise. At the time, paper dolls were very popular among American girls. While in Germany, Handler ran into a 3D molded doll. It inspired her to start her own version of dolls back home in the U.S. She named her doll collection after her daughter, Barbara. 

Barbie’s forever boyfriend, Ken, was named after Handler’s son, Kenneth. The Barbie dolls shot Mattel to international prominence. Incidentally, Mattel was originally a picture framing company started by Handler’s husband. Ruth went on to be in charge of the company entirely and died in 2002. 

Her daughter, Barbara, is still very involved in the company. She even told her story on Oprah. At the taping, she presented Oprah with a one of the kind “Oprah” Barbie doll. 

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The creator of Softsoap bought 100 million small bottle hand-pumps to stop competition—and it worked! This is a CRAZY story


During August 1865, William Sheppard discovered that he could mix conventional bar soap with large amounts of other liquids to create a soap with the consistency of molasses. Though it was soon commonly found in public areas, it wasn't a hit in the home.

In 1980, Robert R. Taylor sought to sell the invention, now called Softsoap, through his company. He got the idea to contain it in a bottle with a small hand pump so people could easily use it in their homes, but he knew others would copy him. He eliminated the competition by personally buying 100 million small bottle hand pumps so that competitors wouldn't be able to buy any for a year!

His plan worked! In six months, he'd established the brand name Softsoap and made $25 million!

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Walmart is leading the crusade when it comes to raising the minimum wage, but the reason why is rather sinister...


Minimum wage and product price have been fluctuating since money was invented. We welcome wage increase, but that brings price increase. The two go hand in hand. So when Walmart suggests that we raise minimum wage we are only impressed for a moment. However, our excitement and astonishment is surely soon diminished as we realize the facts and sciences behind their motivation.

While the increase in minimum wage does actually offer a small relief from high prices for a while, a deeper look will reveal darker intentions. For smaller companies that compete with Walmart, an increase in wages means hard times trying to cope with the difficulties and sacrifices needed to pay their employees more. Not only will they have to let go of many employees if they are already on the outskirts of “getting by,” but they will also probably lose the ability to provide some of the services they might be known for.

It is very easy for Walmart to declare the good in raising the minimum wage because the company could raise its pay by 100% and still not be affected by the increase. The only way to compete with Walmart is to provide nicer services and supplies, but that in and of itself implies higher wages, which is the problem smaller organizations need to avoid in order to be competitive.

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