Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Starbucks Announces Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks Announces Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws by 2020

The move will help Starbucks eliminate as many as 1 billion straws per year, the company said.

Straws made with alternative materials like paper and compostable plastic will be provided with Frappuccinos, as well as upon request by customers.

Starbucks has announced that they want to globally eliminate plastic straws from their cafes by 2020.

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. In a release, the company stated its stores in Seattle and Vancouver would see the departure of plastic straws first, beginning in the fall.

An online petition calling on Starbucks to say goodbye to plastic straws has close to 150,000 signatures. The company said in a statement that it designed the strawless lid to be used for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages.

Moving away from plastic straws, the cafe has created a "sippy cup" style lid to feature on all their cold brews and lemonades.

To comply with the July 1 plastic straw ban, Starbucks stores in Seattle are offering customers new compostable straws, splash sticks and cutlery. Similar proposals are being considered elsewhere, including NY and San Francisco. But I do hope the move does not make Starbucks (or its customers) complacent in the battle against all plastic pollution, particularly that which is caused by their single-use disposable coffee cups.

Starbucks said more markets will follow until the chain meets its goal.

Earlier this year, Taiwan announced an ambitious plan to ban single-use plastic items like straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030. And straws contribute only 2,000 tons to the nearly nine million tons of plastic waste that wind up in the water annually, according to the Associated Press. Phased rollouts within the United States and Canada will then follow. A global rollout will follow, starting in Europe where the strawless lids will arrive in select stores in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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