Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

Plastics and other debris line an estuary in Kentucky

Plastics and other debris line an estuary in Kentucky

The coffee giant announced Monday it will begin to phase out plastic straws from all of its stores, with a plan to scrap them completely by 2020.

Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life.

We applaud this move, which will eliminate more than 1 billion straws per year. The rollout for the new adult "sippy cups" is expected this fall.

Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic.

This move comes on the heels of eco-friendly initiatives made by other companies including McDonalds and Alaska Airlines, who announced their own plans to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

The mega coffee brand announced that it is slowly getting rid of plastic straws, and will serve iced drinks using a plastic lid with a teardrop-shaped opening in an effort to reduce waste and become more environmentally friendly.

Customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to see the strawless lids implemented, starting this fall, with phased rollouts within the USA and Canada to follow 2019.

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Starbuckshadalready committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks.

Instead, Starbucks cups will have a strawless lid or an alternative-material straw option available. A plastic straw weighs about 0.4 g.

Say goodbye to plastic straws at Starbucks.

McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

Local governments have also been looking at the issue.

Other municipalities mulling over the same kind of measure include Portland and New York City; California is considering a statewide ban. Do the math and you'll arrive at about 73,000 metrics tons of plastic straws per year. Phased rollouts within the USA and Canada will then follow.

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