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

29 2018 a woman is seen in front of a Starbucks shortly before it closes early for anti-bias training in Washington DC. Starbucks was back in hot water

29 2018 a woman is seen in front of a Starbucks shortly before it closes early for anti-bias training in Washington DC. Starbucks was back in hot water

The strawless lid, which features a raised lip, is already available in more than 8,000 stores in the US and Canada for select beverages.

Starbucks will start rolling out strawless lids for all drinks in the fall.

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

The brewer is phasing out plastic, one-time-use straws, because of material waste and danger to aquatic sea life they can cause.

"For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer for Starbucks. McDonald's said in June it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September.

Straws are a small contributor to the overall plastic problem, but they are an easy target since most people don't require a straw to consume a beverage.


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

Starbucks anticipates its move will eliminate more than 1 billion straws per year from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide. Malibu, Calif., Miami Beach, Fla., and Monmouth Beach, N.J., also prohibit single-use sippers. Similar proposals are being considered in places like NY and San Francisco.

A number of restaurants and private establishments also have taken measures to curb their use of plastic straws.

Anti-straw activists often suggest using straws made of paper, metal or glass - or simply drinking without one. "I hope all of you will listen to her". The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said. And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world.

Starbucks stock closed at $48.98, up 37 cents or 0.76%, on Friday.

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