Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws In Its Stores By 2020

Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws In Its Stores By 2020

Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws In Its Stores By 2020

Starbucks Coffee Co. estimates the switch will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws a year.

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.

Instead, its beverages will be capped with strawless lids - reminiscent of an "adult sippy cup" - or served with straws made from alternative materials "including paper or compostable plastic", according to a statement.

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

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Other communities across the country, including Sanibel Island, located in Florida, are also on the list of places considering a ban on these plastic products.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines, and we are grateful for Starbucks leadership in this space".

Though plastic straws wont immediately be eliminated from Tampa Bays Starbucks locations, some local businesses have already begun their own environmental friendly initiatives. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws. Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the almost 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in the water each year.

According to a release, Starbucks said the lid is now available in more than 8,000 stores in the US and Canada for select beverages, including Draft Nitro and Cold Foam.

Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program, called Starbucks' decision a "shining example" of how companies can help fight ocean pollution.

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