Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

Instead, Starbucks announced in a press release, it will start using "strawless lids" and straws made from "alternative materials", such as paper or "compostable plastic".

For some Starbucks drinkers, the companys new strawless lid may look familiar.

Today, July 9, Starbucks has announced plans to eliminate all single-use plastic straws globally by 2020.

Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place.

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life. 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 unsafe for people, depending on their disability.

The announcement from McDonald's followed an April proposal by the United Kingdom government to ban plastic straws in the country.

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

Though plastic straws wont immediately be eliminated from Tampa Bays Starbucks locations, some local businesses have already begun their own environmental friendly initiatives.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines, and we are grateful for Starbucks leadership in this space".

A number of restaurants and private establishments also have taken measures to curb their use of plastic straws.

"This is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive of Starbucks, said in a statement.

Last week, Seattle became the country's first major city to ban single use plastic straws.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he said in a statement.

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