July 22, 2018

Starbucks to Ditch Single-Use Plastic Straws Globally by 2020

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  • Plastic straw is a comparatively small pervasive waste that roughly contributes to water pollution, creating danger to marine life. Being committed to reducing waste, global coffee giant Starbucks, announced on July 9 that they are planning to phase out the use of plastic straws in its stores by 2020 and will be replaced with a “sippy cup” type of lid for adults.

    Starbucks’ new strawless lids/IMAGE Starbucks

    The new strawless lids are fully recyclable and are already in use in more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. It will become the standard for select beverages like the Cold Foam Iced Espresso. However, some beverages, like Frappuccinos, will continue to have dome lids, but with straws made from either compostable plastic or paper.

    Starbucks, which globally has more than 28,000 stores, said that the change will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year. Stores in Seattle, Canada and Vancouver are reportedly the first to begin using the new strawless lids.

    Also read: A Guide Towards Zero-Waste Lifestyle

    President and CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement that this move is “a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways.”

    Moreover, Erin Simon, director of sustainability research & development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, U.S., in a statement, said that the company’s goal “represents the company’s forward thinking in tackling the material waste challenge in totality.”

    Also read: 5 Customized Starbucks Drinks for Coffee Adventurers

    Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program, is also pleased about the transition. “Starbucks’ decision to phase out single-use plastic straws is a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic,” he said in a statement. “With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines, and we are grateful for Starbucks’ leadership in this space.”

    Also read: Starbucks PH App: Scan, Sip, Earn Stars! 

    Likewise, other company such as McDonalds, has been discarding plastic straws and will use the ones made of paper instead. According to them, the switch will be completed by 2019.

    Source: news.starbucks, cnnphilippines

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