Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws

Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws

According to a release, Starbucks said the lid is now available in more than 8,000 stores in the USA and Canada for select beverages, including Draft Nitro and Cold Foam.

Starbucks will start rolling out strawless lids for all drinks in the fall.

The company has already designed and developed a strawless lid that it expects to become a standard for its iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages.

Say goodbye to plastic straws at Starbucks.

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"For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", Kevin Johnson, president and CEO of Starbucks, said in a statement.

McDonald's also recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. locations.

Engineers successfully developed a "cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid", and decided to make it the standard for all iced drinks except the Frappuccino, totally phasing out straws by the year 2020.

For users who still want their drinks with a straw, the company said paper or biodegradable plastic will be available by request.

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The Seattle-based coffee chain estimates the action will save more than one billion plastic straws from hitting the garbage can each year, and is key to its "commitment to develop a fully recyclable and compostable global cup solution".

Also see: What kind of straws are actually eco-friendly? Among the big names advocating for straw bans are actor Adrian Grenier, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and actor Kendrick Sampson.

The move echoes a trend of companies and cities attempting to move away from single-use plastic straws, which can be detrimental to the environment and take an estimated 450 years to decompose. "The siren is calling". The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said.

This isn't the first time Starbucks has considered the environmental impact its customers waste has. And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world.

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