Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in stores globally by 2020

Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in stores globally by 2020

The ban will eventually be global at all of its 28,000 stores. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

The global coffee giant said that it plans to eliminate all single-use plastic straws by 2020, and will instead cap cold drinks with lids that do not require the use of a straw.

Starbucks' decision to stop using the straws follows last week's news that its founding city, Seattle, banned the use of all plastic straws and utensils in bars and restaurants in a push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Some offer more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as straws made of paper, bamboo, steel, even Twizzlers.

Local government officials across the country are considering banning plastic straws, and some Charlottesville businesses have gotten a head start. Similar proposals are being considered in places like NY and San Francisco.

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Starbucks said that it will begin using the strawless alternatives in Seattle and Vancouver stores by this fall, and expand to the USA and Canada, followed by other global locations, in fiscal year 2019. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020.

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

McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May. Seattle is believed to be the first major US city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to the Seattle Public Utilities. Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the almost 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in waters around the globe each year.

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