Sunday, 22 July, 2018


Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

Starbucks citing ocean threat is ditching plastic straws Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores
Kristine Garrett | 09 July, 2018, 22:04

Starbucks says it will become the largest food and beverage retailer to commit to eliminating plastic straws, a change it says it will complete by 2020.

Starting with its Seattle and Vancouver locations, Starbucks announced Tuesday it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from all of its stores, giving customers a choice between a strawless lid or an alternative-material straw as an option instead.

However, customers who prefer or need a straw can still request one, but they will be made of alternative materials.

Earlier this year, Taiwan announced an ambitious plan to ban single-use plastic items like straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030. Its beverages will feature recyclable lids featuring a raised lip, like those pictured here.

"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", Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a release.

Seattle and Vancouver, Canada locations will be the first of Starbucks 28,000 stores worldwide to see the new strawless lids. The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said.

Say goodbye to plastic straws at Starbucks.

"Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages", the company said.

At Starbucks, executives said the efforts are part of a $10 million plan to develop cups and lids that are fully recyclable and compostable.

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 in June it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September.

WATCH: Plastic straw ban? Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines, and we are grateful for Starbucks leadership in this space".

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