Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020

Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020

Customers have been calling on the chain to remove single use straws from their 28,000 stores for the past two years, with many envrionmental groups creating petitions and platforms to gain the company's attention but now, it looks like wheels are finally in motion to become "straw-free" in all stores by this time two years.

Starbucks will eliminate single-use plastic straws by making a strawless lid or alternative-material straw options available globally.

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The company said it will make a strawless lid available at 8,000 stores in the USA and Canada for certain drinks.

Starbucks said cold beverages in which a straw is typically included make up 50% of the drinks its sells, up from just 37% five years ago.

Those straws will be provided for blended Frappuccino beverages, or by special request, the company said.

Local government officials across the country are considering banning plastic straws, and some Charlottesville businesses have gotten a head start.

A global rollout of the strawless lid will begin in Europe, starting with select stores in France and the Netherlands.

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As BBC News reported in February, a Scotland-based disability group called One in Five says paper, plant-based, and metal straws aren't adequate substitutes for single-use plastic straws and could even be risky for people, depending on their disability. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, it's a lot: 30 million metric tons.

I am pleased with the announcement, too, and eagerly await the day when needlessly sipping on a straw is seen as a harmful and archaic behavior.

Anti-straw activists often suggest using straws made of paper, metal or glass - or simply drinking without one.

Earlier this month Seattle became the first major United States city to ban plastic straws and plastic cutlery in its eateries.

Grenier, best known for his role in the TV show Entourage, urged Starbucks at its March shareholders meeting in Seattle to take action. "The siren is calling". And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world.

Starbucks The strawless lids will be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver beginning this fall.

Starbucks stock closed at $48.98, up 37 cents or 0.76%, on Friday.

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