Starbucks plans to stop offering plastic straws by 2020

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 9, 2018

Unlike straws, the new lid can be recycled, the company said.

Starbucks has announced plans to phase out plastic straws by 2020 in stores around the world and replace them with an innovative lid design that cuts out the need for drinking straws altogether.

The environmentally friendly lid is now available in more than 8,000 of its stores in the USA and Canada for select beverages, including Draft Nitro and Cold Foam.

Instead, Starbucks cups will have a strawless lid or an alternative-material straw option available.

Walt Disney World has banned plastic straws at some of its theme parks, while the Smithsonian Institution has taken steps to eliminate them from its museums.

"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", Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer for Starbucks, said in a statement. The Seattle-based carrier, which said it handed out 22 million stir straws and citrus picks past year, also said it would have non-plastic, marine-friendly drinking straws for travelers that request them. Plastic straws have become one of the biggest targets.

The company said in a release that paper or compostable straws will be available for customers upon request, and will be served with their Frappuccino blended drinks. Malibu, Calif., Miami Beach, Fla., and Monmouth Beach, N.J., also prohibit single-use sippers. Other cities such as New York City and San Francisco as well as fast-food chains like McDonald's are also considering a ban on plastic straws.

Starbucks said it hopes other major retailers will make the same move away from plastic. Starbucks said it has committed more than $10 million to this initiative so far.

This isn't the first time Starbucks has considered the environmental impact its customers waste has.

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

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