Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020

A patron holds an iced beverage at a Starbucks coffee store in Pasadena A patron holds an iced beverage at a Starbucks coffee store in Pasadena California
Orlando Vargas | 09 July, 2018, 18:42

Starbucks said that it is the largest food and beverage retailer to have promised to get rid of plastic straws.

Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life.

The company also says that "alternative-material straws - including paper or compostable plastic - will be rolled-out for Frappuccino blended beverages, and available by request for customers who need a straw, pending successful pilots that are underway".

The coffee giant said Monday that it will replace the ubiquitous plastic straw with recyclable "strawless lids", as well as straws made from biodegradable materials, as part of a no-plastic-straws movement that has gained momentum in recent years. It will be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver beginning this fall, the company said. Some offer more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as straws made of paper, bamboo, steel, even Twizzlers.

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Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place. Similar proposals are being considered elsewhere, including NY and San Francisco.

Starbucks is among several major companies that have announced measures to cut plastic waste.

The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the USA and Canada to follow next year. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020. Starbucks announced it plans on removing plastic straws from its 28,000 stores by 2020. Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the almost 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in waters around the globe each year.

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