Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores
Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores
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09 July, 2018, 20:09
By 2020, the company announced today, it will have entirely eliminated the use of single-use plastic straws in stores around the world.
Little did she know at the time that the experimental project would become the standard lid design for iced drinks served at all 28,000 stores around the world. Ice-blended Frappuccinos, meanwhile, will be served with straws made of paper or compostable plastic.
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Starbucks customers use more than one billion straws per year.
The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the USA and Canada to follow next year. Similar proposals are being considered elsewhere, including NY and San Francisco.
An online petition calling on Starbucks to say goodbye to plastic straws has close to 150,000 signatures.
McDonald's also 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 U.S. locations. The new lids are already being used in more than 8,000 stores in North America for beverages such as draft nitro.
The European Commission has proposed new rules that would ban the 10 biggest plastic pollutants found on Europe's beaches and in European waters, including plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, stir sticks and balloon sticks.
A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws.
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.
"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".
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Businesses that sell food or drinks won't be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday . Food service businesses can make flexible plastic straws available to people who need them for medical reasons .
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