Starbucks Sippy Cups Will Replace Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks unveils environment-friendly lid for cold drinks which puts straws on shelf

Replacing a plastic straw with a new plastic lid does have its environmental benefits, Starbucks said.

Starbucks said the new strawless lids will first be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver in the third quarter of this year.

While recycling straws is impractical, the company said, the new lid is made from polypropylene and will be more easily processed by recyclers.

The coffee retailer will phase out single-use straws from its more than 28,000 locations, cutting out an estimated 1bn straws each year.

Plastic straws will soon be out at Starbucks.

The company is the latest to announce a ban on the straws as global awareness of ocean pollution and harm to marine life increases.

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. Your drink will come with a recyclable lid, with sort of a sipping spout, or you'll use biodegradable straws made from environmentally friendly materials.

Straws have been a focal point for plastic waste activists, and for good reason: 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the USA alone.

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In today's announcement, Colleen Chapman, the vice president of Starbucks global social impact, said eliminating straws is "a response to requests from partners and customers".

As well as the lid innovation, Starbucks has invested $10 million to conjure the design of a fully recyclable and compostable hot cup.

"There's so many single-use plastics that could be targeted before straws which disabled people use to drink independently and with dignity". McDonald's said in June it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September.

"Not using a straw is the best thing we can do for the environment".

"Our biggest challenge is trying to locate alternative sources so we can satisfy the demand", said Laura Craven, the company's director of marketing. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them.

But, let's say-for the sake of argument-that as many as 500 million plastic straws are used in the USA every day.

In the United States, local governments are already putting similar restrictions into place. "We hope others will follow in [Starbucks'] footsteps".

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", said Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program in a statement.

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