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

09 Julio, 2018, 20:10 | Author: Enrique Watson
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Starting with its Seattle and Vancouver locations, Starbucks announced Tuesday it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from all of its stores, giving customers a choice between a strawless lid or an alternative-material straw as an option instead.

Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic.

To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require them, to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from.

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, called the move a "significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways".

The announcement comes a week after Seattle, where the coffee house is headquartered, became one of the first high-profile cities in the U.S.to ban straws.

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

"Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages", the company said in a news release.

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Starbuckshadalready committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

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.

Starbucks said more markets will follow until the chain meets its goal.

Last month, McDonald's announced that it would start testing plastic-straw alternatives at certain USA locations later this year.

Viral videos - including one depicting researchers extracting a plastic straw from a sea turtle's bleeding nostril - is prompting some companies and municipalities to find ocean-friendlier alternatives.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he said in a statement.

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