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Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020

10 July 2018, 05:01 | Ross Houston

Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020

Starbucks citing ocean threat is ditching plastic straws

The no-plastic movement has been gaining momentum in recent months amid pressure from environmentalist calling for restaurants and food chain stores to ditch the plastic straws.

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

Studies have shown that excessive usage of plastic is detrimental to the environment, as the material does not fully break down and, instead, releases toxins into nature and pollutes bodies of water.

Other cities, like Fort Myers Beach in Florida, have banned plastic straws, and similar proposals are being considered in NY and San Francisco.

While Australia still comes to grips with the single-use plastic bag ban adopted by supermarkets Woolworths and Coles and other retailers, plastic straws have become another battleground for companies looking to reduce waste.

McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May.

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Starbucks announced they plan on eliminating plastic straws by 2020. According to the Associated Press, scientists estimate 2,000 tons of straws end up in the ocean every year, posing a significant danger to marine life. By 2020, the company announced today, it will have entirely eliminated the use of single-use plastic straws in stores around the world. In the US, Seattle - hometown of Starbucks - is the only major city to have so far banned the use of plastic straws in its eateries.

The issue is coming up in company boardrooms, though Starbucks is taking the lead.

Replacing the item is an innovative new lid design by Starbucks' Global Research & Development engineer Emily Alexander.

The coffee chain is the latest big company to acknowledge the environmental threat plastic straws pose and promise to implement an alternative in the face of mounting public pressure.

Also see: What kind of straws are actually eco-friendly? Thankfully, the company has also already committed $10 million to help develop hot drink cups that will be recyclable and compostable.

To comply with the July 1 plastic straw ban, Starbucks stores in Seattle are offering customers new compostable straws, splash sticks and cutlery.



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