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

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

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.

Starbucks has announced it is eliminating plastic straws from its stores worldwide over the next two years, an environmental measure that it said will remove more than a billion plastic straws annually from its stores.

McDonald's also said last month that it would replace plastic straws with paper ones in the United Kingdom and Ireland from September.

The brewer is phasing out plastic, one-time-use straws, because of material waste and danger to aquatic sea life they can cause.

"Starbucks ('s) decision to phase out single-use plastic straws is a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic", said Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program.

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

To comply with the July 1 plastic straw ban, Starbucks stores in Seattle are offering customers new compostable straws, splash sticks and cutlery. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them. The Seattle-based carrier, which said it handed out 22 million stir straws and citrus picks previous year, also said it would have non-plastic, marine-friendly drinking straws for travelers that request them.

A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws.

"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 chief executive of Starbucks, said in a statement.

Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws as well.

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