Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws

29 2018 a woman is seen in front of a Starbucks shortly before it closes early for anti-bias training in Washington DC. Starbucks was back in hot water

29 2018 a woman is seen in front of a Starbucks shortly before it closes early for anti-bias training in Washington DC. Starbucks was back in hot water

On Monday, the coffee company announced plans to go "strawless", for the most part, by 2020.

The decision is highly impactful; the company has more than 28,000 locations across the world and the move to eliminate straws will result in more than one billion fewer straws being produced every year. Frappuccino drinks will still come with a straw made from paper or compostable material-but it will only be available upon request. Although the fast food chain later announced a campaign to replace plastic straws with paper ones in the United Kingdom and select markets in Asia, its top management decided that expanding the change to its over 140,000 locations in the US would be too costly.

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

Starbucks is the biggest company to make the environmentally friendly move and it's expected that more companies will follow its lead and offer their own eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws. According to Give A Sip, a campaign started by Wildlife Conservation Society to educate the public about the harmful effects of plastic straws, "At the rate we're polluting, there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish by 2050". That is harmful to the animals, of course, but also to humans who wind up ingesting traces of plastic themselves as it works its way up the food chain.

Say goodbye to plastic straws at Starbucks.

Starbucks said the new strawless lids will first be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver in the third quarter of this year.

Already, other major companies are moving towards strawless.

"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". But Starbucks has revealed that these sipper cups will not pose an environmental threat as they are made from "polypropylene content" which "can be widely recycled". Starbucks has already committed itself to the trendy cause, having pledged $10 million to help create recyclable cups for its hot drinks, but it is now moving further along in its efforts to aid the environment by choosing to ditch plastic straws.

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