Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

For customers who prefer to have or need a straw, Starbucks said straws made of paper or compostable plastic will be available upon request - for their Frappuccino blended beverages.

The coffeecompany announced Monday that it will phase out plastic strawsfrom all of its stores by 2020.

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

Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week.

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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. Unlike straws, the new lid can be recycled, the company said.

Similar proposals are being considered elsewhere, including in NY and San Francisco.

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 US locations. Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the almost 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in waters around the globe each year. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids for all drinks this fall, starting with stores in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle. A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where the will be used in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.

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