Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in stores globally by 2020

Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in stores globally by 2020

The food and beverage retailer said Monday that it would switch to a strawless lid or alternative-material straw in place of plastic straws.

Starbucks announced on Monday it plans to eliminate plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020.

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.

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.

Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic.

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

The company said it will make a strawless lid available at 8,000 stores in the USA and Canada for certain drinks.

While plastic drinking straws have become one of the more high-profile issues environmentally, they make up only about four per cent of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight.

Still, those who support limiting plastic straws say they are generally unnecessary and a ban is symbolically important. "Metal straws can be unsafe for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's whereas reusable plastic straws present hygiene concerns to people with specific health conditions". Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week.

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, called the move a "significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways". Straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the almost 9m tons of plastic waste that hits waters each year.

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