Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Stores

Enlarge ImageIt's the lid heard around the world.                  Starbucks

Enlarge ImageIt's the lid heard around the world. 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.

On Monday, the coffee giant became the latest company to denounce single-use plastic straws, revealing plans to ban them entirely from its stores worldwide by 2020. Plastic straws have become one of the biggest targets.

The announcement from McDonald's followed an April proposal by the United Kingdom government to ban plastic straws in the country.

"The lid is now available in more than 8,000 stores in the United States and Canada for select beverages including Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam".

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

To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require them, to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from.

"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 chief executive officer for Starbucks. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws. Starbucks's hometown of Seattle, for example, banned plastic straws and utensils beginning this month, while the California cities of Davis and San Luis Obispo prohibit restaurants from handing out plastic straws unless a customer requests one.

The effort to reduce waste is part of a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund's Cascading Materials Vision program, the statement said.

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