Straws will soon be a thing of the past. The popular coffee chain Starbucks unveiled plans today to phase out straws in thousands of stores worldwide
Starbucks plans to swap out plastic straws with a new recyclable lid to be used for cold beverages. The new lid features “a teardrop-shaped opening about the size of a thumbprint.” The coffee giant says they plan on introducing the new lids in the 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020, a decision they hope will eliminate more than 1 billion straws a year.
It will be used for all cold drinks with the exception of Frappuccinos, which will be served with a disposable, paper straw. Customers who require a straw will still be able to request one.
Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., customers will first see the new lids replace straws as the company on-boards the product with more stores through 2020. The city of Vancouver recently initiated a straw ban that will start this fall.
The announcement comes on a the heels of a movement to reduce global waste, and prevent harmful plastics from ending up in oceans. “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,” said Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program. “With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines.”
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