Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020

12 Julio, 2018, 09:25 | Author: Enrique Watson
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Small chains and retail locations are getting the ball rolling by switching from plastic straws and utensils to recyclable ones, and several local governments have passed bans on the products.

Starbucks uses more than a billion plastic straws a year. Although the fast food chain later announced a campaign to replace plastic straws with paper ones in the United Kingdom and select markets in Asia, its top management decided that expanding the change to its over 140,000 locations in the USA would be too costly.

Customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to see the strawless lids implemented, starting this fall, with phased rollouts within the USA and Canada beginning next year.

"This move is an answer to our own partners about what we can do to reduce the need for straws", said Starbucks' Vice President of Global Social Impact, Colleen Chapman.

Some Starbucks drinks, like cold brew with cold foam, are already served in cups with strawless lids.

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

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"Every day you can make a choice on behalf of the environment on what kinds of things that you're buying and what kind of packaging they come in", she said.

NYC is now considering a straw ban. In a release, the company stated its stores in Seattle and Vancouver would see the departure of plastic straws first, beginning in the fall. "With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines." .

Meanwhile, Bon Appétit Management is banning plastic straws and stirrers at more than 1,000 cafes and restaurants the food-service management company runs.

It is no surprise that they are jumping on this opportunity, when earlier this year, Starbucks committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks.

A global rollout of the strawless lid will begin in Europe, starting with select stores in France and the Netherlands. Hospitals were among the first to use plastic straws because they allowed patients to easily drink while in bed, according to a report by National Geographic.

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