Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020

Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020

Starbucks announced they plan on eliminating plastic straws by 2020.

Nicholas Mallos, of the Ocean Conservancy, said the ban was "a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic". It's a plastic strawless lid that will come to replace single-use plastic straws that now inundate its coffee shops.

Starbucks announced Monday that it will stop using plastic straws at all of its stores worldwide. Straws are lower-hanging fruit in the battle against plastic, but hopefully it provides the motivation Starbucks needs to keep fighting in all the ways that count.

Starbucks uses more than a billion plastic straws a year.

The company will broaden the manufacture and use of what some in social media have dubbed the "adult sippy cup". In lieu of the classic drinking straw, Starbucks said it will design alternative-material straw options and "a strawless lid". While this lid will still be made of plastic, it will be fully recyclable (straws aren't!). It is now also in the middle of testing paper straws in its United Kingdom stores.

Turkey fires thousands of public servants in anti-terror purge
But the government says they are necessary to remove a number of terrorist threats inside state institutions. The emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest period is officially due to end on July 19.

About 275 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons entering the ocean, according to a 2015 Science magazine report.

Sixteen Tampa Bay businesses have received national Ocean Friendly certification through the coalition by voluntarily banning foam products and plastic bags, only providing straws and to-go utensils upon request, and enforcing recycling programs.

To comply with the July 1 plastic straw ban, Starbucks stores in Seattle are offering customers new compostable straws, splash sticks and cutlery.

"Starbucks is finally drawing a line in the sand and creating a mould for other large brands to follow", said Chris Milne, director of packaging sourcing.

In place of straws, iced drinks will be topped with a lid that features a teardrop-shaped opening about the size of a thumbprint, which provides a cleaner less ridged version of a hot cup lid.

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