Starbucks to stop using plastic straws by 2020

Federico Mansilla
Julio 11, 2018

In a statement released on Monday, Starbucks announced that it is planning to eliminate all plastic straws by 2020 in their establishments.

In order to become more sustainable than ever, Starbucks will implement the lids for iced drinks across all of its stores.

Starbucks will launch two new cold offerings in the US and Canada on Tuesday that use the lids, including a salted cream cold foam cold brew, Starbucks spokeswoman Haley Drage said in an email. The new lids are already being used in more than 8,000 stores in North America for beverages such as draft nitro.

The coffee company plans to offer a newly designed recyclable strawless lid at its 28,000 company operated and licensed locations, as well as straws made from alternative materials like compostable plastic and paper for customers who need or want a straw.

According to a press release, Starbucks will begin moving away from plastic straws and toward paper and compostable plastic this fall in stores in Seattle and Vancouver.

Seattle and Vancouver will be the first cities to see the permanent change this fall, with the rest of the U.S. and Canada, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to follow.

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Berks County residents grabbing a morning cup of iced coffee at Starbucks locations may soon notice a lack of plastic straws with their favorite drinks. "Starbucks Korea will continue to take the lead in bringing about a positive change to the environment we live in", said Lee Seock-koo, Starbucks Korea CEO.

Starbucks is the latest corporate chain promising to ditch plastic straws because of the environmental threat to oceans.

Other companies have also been ditching plastic straws in recent months. "With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he continued.

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

The chain has also invested in the NextGen Cup challenge, a project which aims to develop fully recyclable containers for hot beverages.

Fast-food chain McDonald's have also said that it will be switching to paper straws by next year in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Plastic straws have proven hard to recycle, not because of the material they are made from but because they are too slim for recycling production lines to effectively sort through. Additionally, they encourage customers to use reusable tumblers.

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