Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws by 2020

Starbucks announced Monday that it will phase out plastic straws by 2020, making the coffee company the largest food retailer yet to commit to such a move.

The change will affect more than 28,000 stores worldwide.

Customers will see a newly designed “strawless” lid with a wide mouth opening for iced coffee and tea beverages, the company said in a statement. That’s being introduced already at thousands of shops.

Frappuccino drinkers and those who prefer a straw will be offered a straw made of an “alternative” product such as paper or compostable plastic. Such alternatives are being tested in Santa Cruz, the company said on its website.

“For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said.

The strawless lids will be rolled out this fall in Seattle and Vancouver and in the rest of the country and Canada next year. Europe will follow.

The Ocean Conservancy praised the move.

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“Starbucks’ decision to phase out single-use plastic straws is a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic,” aid Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program, noting that 8 million metric tons of plastic go into the ocean every year.

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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