Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

The company announced Monday that it will phase out single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020, as part of it's commitment towards more sustainable solutions.

The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder.

In time, the cold-cup lids were rolled out into more than 8,000 stores across Canada and the US and used for a handful of drinks, including Draft Nitro and Cold Foam drinks. The change will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws a year, according to the company.

The strawless lid has already been in use at numerous company's stores for certain kinds of cold drinks like cold foam and "draft nitro", the coffee drink that comes out of a keg, mixed with nitrogen.

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Those straws will be provided for blended Frappuccino beverages, or by special request, the company said.

Starbucks will launch two new cold offerings in the US and Canada on Tuesday that use the lids, including a salted cream cold foam cold brew, Starbucks spokeswoman Haley Drage said in an email. The new law, which went into effect on July 2, prohibits restaurants from offering single-use plastic straws and utensils.

Starbucks is ditching straws for a good cause.

Customers in the company's hometown of Seattle and nearby Vancouver will be the first to see the strawless lids as they roll out this fall. 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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While the lids are still made of plastic, the java corporation said they are made of recyclable materials.

Some Starbucks drinks, like cold brew with cold foam, are already served in cups with strawless lids. McDonald's made a similar announcement in June that it would scrap plastic straws from restaurant locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland and replace them with paper straws, starting in September.

A global rollout of the strawless lid will begin in Europe, starting with select stores in France and the Netherlands.

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