Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

The new designs have drawn comparisons to an adult "sippy cup".

The global coffee giant said that it plans to eliminate all single-use plastic straws by 2020, and will instead cap cold drinks with lids that do not require the use of a straw. These now come with drinks like the Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam, and will come with the Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew to be released on Tuesday.

Starbuckshadalready committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks. "Metal straws can be risky for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's whereas reusable plastic straws present hygiene concerns to people with specific health conditions".

Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws as well.

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans.

Stores in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to begin using the new strawless lids, which will be used for iced coffee, tea and espresso drinks beginning in the fall.

McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May.

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

The announcement comes after Seattle, Starbucks' home market, banned restaurants from using plastic straws and utensils on July 1.

As BBC News reported in February, a Scotland-based disability group called One in Five says paper, plant-based, and metal straws aren't adequate substitutes for single-use plastic straws and could even be risky for people, depending on their disability. Phased rollouts within the USA and Canada will then follow.

Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program, called Starbucks' decision a "shining example" of how companies can help fight ocean pollution.

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.

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