Friday, 20 July, 2018

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

Plastics and other debris line an estuary in Kentucky Plastics and other debris line an estuary in Kentucky
Jean Garcia | 09 July, 2018, 17:08

Starbucks Coffee Co. plans to phase out single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores by 2020 in an effort to reduce its global waste footprint.

It comes a week after Starbucks's United States hometown of Seattle banned single-use plastic straws and utensils at businesses that sell food or drinks in the city. Swedish furniture giant IKEA recently announced that it will stop selling single-use plastic products at all its stores globally by 2020.

The food and beverage retailer said Monday that it would switch to a strawless lid or alternative-material straw in place of plastic straws.

Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them.

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.

Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic.

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Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, called the move a "significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways".

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

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 no-straw movement, which had already been brewing in certain communities and beach towns, gained mainstream traction three years ago after a video showing a sea turtle with a plastic straw wedged in its nose went viral.

Local governments have also been looking at the issue.

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