Starbucks Eliminating Plastic Straws from All Stores by 2020

Starbucks citing ocean threat is ditching plastic straws

Starbucks citing ocean threat is ditching plastic straws

Starbucks announced on Monday it plans to eliminate plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020.

The lids will become standard for all iced drinks except Frappuccino, which will still have a domed lid but be served with a paper straw or one made of compostable material.

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Today the company announced that it is getting rid of plastic straws everywhere by a certain date.

Engineers successfully developed a "cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid", and decided to make it the standard for all iced drinks except the Frappuccino, totally phasing out straws by the year 2020.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a "significant milestone" in the company's sustainability efforts. In March, for example, the company announced a $10 million challenge to design a disposable coffee cup that is compostable. 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.

Starbucks predicts that it will eliminate more than 1 billion straws yearly.

The company said it will make a strawless lid available at 8,000 stores in the United States and Canada for certain drinks.

Starbucks said the new strawless lids will first be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver in the third quarter of this year. The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said. Last week, Seattle became the latest city to ban plastic utensils and straws. Similar proposals are being considered elsewhere, including NY and San Francisco.

Other companies have also been ditching plastic straws in recent months.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he said in a statement.

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