Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

Andrew Cummings
July 9, 2018

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

Starbucks predicts that it will eliminate more than 1 billion straws yearly.

Starbucks (sbux) will replace plastic straws with recyclable strawless lids, which it will serve with all of its iced coffee, tea, and espresso drinks.

The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the US and Canada to follow next year.

The company previously announced a $10 million effort to develop and introduce a "fully recyclable and compostable hot cup", according to the news release.

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

Still, those who support limiting plastic straws say they are generally unnecessary and a ban is good symbol. The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said.

The no-straw movement, which had already been brewing in certain communities and beach towns, gained mainstream traction three years ago after a video showing a sea turtle with a plastic straw wedged in its nose went viral. McDonald's said earlier this year that it would stop using plastic straws at all of its stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Other communities across the country, including Sanibel Island, located in Florida, are also on the list of places considering a ban on these plastic products. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

The coffee giant announced Monday it will begin to phase out plastic straws from all of its stores, with a plan to scrap them completely by 2020.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he said in a statement.

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