Published: Пн, Июля 09, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Starbucks to phase out plastic straws as opposition to them grows


Starbucks - which has more than 28,000 stores and generated $22.4 billion in annual revenue past year - is the largest retailer to commit to eliminating single-use plastic straws.

McDonald's 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 USA locations. Swedish furniture giant IKEA recently announced that it will stop selling single-use plastic products at all its stores globally by 2020.

It's a plastic strawless lid that will come to replace single-use plastic straws that now inundate its coffee shops.

The strawless lid has already been in use at numerous company's stores for certain kinds of cold drinks like cold foam and "draft nitro", the coffee drink that comes out of a keg, mixed with nitrogen. Some offer more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as straws made of paper, bamboo, steel, even Twizzlers.

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life.

The company said in a release that paper or compostable straws will be available for customers upon request, and will be served with their Frappuccino blended drinks.

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Still, those who support limiting plastic straws say they are generally unnecessary and a ban is symbolically important.

Straws are a small contributor to the overall plastic problem, but they are an easy target since most people don't require a straw to consume a beverage.

Starbucks said Monday that it is making available a strawless lid at 8,000 stores in the USA and Canada for certain drinks.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a "significant milestone" in the company's sustainability efforts.

This follows an announcement by McDonald's that it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some US locations.

The UK government said that 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die each year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

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