Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

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.

Starbucks has announced it is eliminating plastic straws from its stores worldwide over the next two years, an environmental measure that it said will remove more than a billion plastic straws annually from its stores.

The company also says that "alternative-material straws - including paper or compostable plastic - will be rolled-out for Frappuccino blended beverages, and available by request for customers who need a straw, pending successful pilots that are underway". "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".

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Vancouver will be the first Canadian city to have the new lids, starting in the fall of this year.

While straws have become a high-profile issue, they make up only about 4% of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight. The company already offers alternative straws in Seattle.

McDonald's 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 US locations.

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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.

Starbuckshadalready committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks.

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