Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020

It's a plastic strawless lid that will come to replace single-use plastic straws that now inundate its coffee shops.

The company said it will make a strawless lid available at 8,000 stores in the United States and Canada for certain drinks.

Starbucks The strawless lids will be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver beginning this fall.

The brewer is phasing out plastic, one-time-use straws, because of material waste and danger to aquatic sea life they can cause.

The company also announced plans to add two new cold beverages to the permanent menu, making good on a shareholder promise to increase the variety of its cold drinks, which represent 50 percent of beverage sales. The Seattle-based carrier, which said it handed out 22 million stir straws and citrus picks previous year, also said it would have non-plastic, marine-friendly drinking straws for travelers that request them.

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Straws made with alternative materials like paper and compostable plastic will be provided with Frappuccinos, as well as upon request by customers.

Seattle, where Starbucks is based, recently became the first city in the country to ban plastic utensils and straws.

Also see: What kind of straws are actually eco-friendly? Similar proposals are being considered in places like NY and San Francisco. Among the big names advocating for straw bans are actor Adrian Grenier, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and actor Kendrick Sampson.

"Starbucks taught the world how to drink coffee and I firmly believe that Starbucks can teach the world how to make the environment its ultimate business partner", Grenier said. The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said.

At Starbucks, executives said the efforts are part of a $10 million plan to develop cups and lids that are fully recyclable and compostable.

Starbucks stock closed at $48.98, up 37 cents or 0.76%, on Friday.

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