Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

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

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

Some governments have begun banning them already, including the Starbucks motherland, Seattle.

Starbucks Corp. Starbucks rolling out a polypropylene lid with a raised lip as an alternative to the straw for most of its cold drinks. It also plans to serve more of its drinks in cups with specially designed lids, which don't need straws.

Cold beverages now account for more than half of Starbucks' beverage sales, the company says.

The coffee chain already uses its strawless lids in 8,000 North American stores for drinks like its draft nitro and cold foam beverages.

"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", said Kevin Johnson, president and CEO, in a statement.

"Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species".

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 USA locations.

"Our biggest challenge is trying to locate alternative sources so we can satisfy the demand", said Laura Craven, the company's director of marketing. San Fransisco and NY are eyeing similar proposals and even the United Kingdom announced plans to pass legislation to reduce plastic waste.

NYC is now considering a straw ban.

Earlier this month Seattle became the first major United States city to ban plastic straws and plastic cutlery in its eateries.

Within two years, the coffee chain says it will only use straws made from biodegradable materials like paper. It said compostable take-out containers will replace upwards of 5 million plastic ones used each year.

"Every day you can make a choice on behalf of the environment on what kinds of things that you're buying and what kind of packaging they come in", she said. A global rollout will follow, beginning in Europe.

The Associated Press reports Seattle is the first major us city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in the food service industry. It's great that a company of Starbucks' size is acknowledging the plastic pollution crisis and that corporations must reduce their production of plastic immediately.

About 275 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons entering the ocean, according to a 2015 Science magazine report.

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