Starbucks to ban plastic straws by 2020 for the environment

Courtesy of Starbucks

Courtesy of Starbucks

Starbucks says that it has "designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages".

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

On the heels of Starbucks and other companies that are determined to "reduce waste and safeguard the environment", Hyatt Hotels have made a decision to join the anti-plastic straw movement. Some governments have begun banning them. These straws will be available for drinks such as the Frappuccino that are meant to be consumed via straw and will be available on request. The new lids are already being used in more than 8,000 stores in North America for beverages such as draft nitro.

As well as the lid innovation, Starbucks has invested $10 million to conjure the design of a fully recyclable and compostable hot cup.

And therefore, in one of the company's first moves towards this goal, they have introduced a new cup for their cold brews.


McDonald's United Kingdom recently announced plans to start phasing out plastic straws and replacing them with paper straws, while Alaska Airlines also announced plans to ban plastic straws and stir sticks aboard their aircrafts.

"Our biggest challenge is trying to locate alternative sources so we can satisfy the demand", said Laura Craven, the company's director of marketing. Vancouver will prohibit plastic straws as well as some other items by June 1, 2019 as part of the Zero Waste 2040 Strategy. Smaller towns like Berkeley and Oakland in California and Miami Beach have already gotten rid of plastic straws. Several local United States governments have enacted bans and fees on plastic bags.

Within two years, the coffee chain says it will only use straws made from biodegradable materials like paper. 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.

Americans use about 175 million straws every day, according to an estimate by Technomics. Phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada will then follow.

"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.

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