Starbucks: No more plastic straws

The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020

Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020 | TheHill

Still, those who support limiting plastic straws say they are generally unnecessary and a ban is good symbol.

Starbucks is going strawless.

Seattle and Vancouver will be the first cities to implement strawless lids in stores with phased rollouts to follow elsewhere in the US and Canada.

It will be used for all cold drinks with the exception of Frappuccinos, which will be served with a disposable, paper straw.

Starbucks has chose to do away with plastic straws by 2020 over evidence that they damage the environment, the company said Monday.

Plastic straws are the latest single-use plastic to be targeted for elimination in an attempt to save our polluted oceans.

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life.

Customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to experience the new change beginning this fall.

Engineers successfully developed a "cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid", and decided to make it the standard for all iced drinks except the Frappuccino, totally phasing out straws by the year 2020.

Straws have been a focal point for plastic waste activists, and for good reason: 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the US alone. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

The no-plastic movement has been gaining momentum in recent months amid pressure from environmentalist calling for restaurants and food chain stores to ditch the plastic straws.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a "significant milestone" in the company's sustainability efforts.

A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week. Phased rollouts within the United States and Canada will then follow.

About 275 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons entering the ocean, according to a 2015 Science magazine report.

"I think while we totally support moves to make our environment more sustainable, there are so many ways we can do that without prioritising ones that really negatively affect some disabled people", says Ms Woodbury.

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