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Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws Globally by 2020


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The coffee giant has pledged to help the environment by eliminating all plastic straws from its coffee stores around the world. Today, Starbucks announced that the brand will be eliminating single-use straws from 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores across the globe and will be providing customers with their strawless lid alternative or alternative-material straw option. According to a recent press release, the company plans to eliminate over one billion plastic straws from their stores per year.

The Starbucks Strawless Lid is Changing The Coffee Game

The banning of single-use plastic straws has been a hot-button topic for the past few years due to environmental concern. According to Eco-Cycle, Americans use 500 million single-use straws daily, which end up in landfills. The strawless lids, which are currently available in 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, will be released globally to eliminate the use of straws for cold drinks. And for frappuccinos blended beverages, Starbucks will begin offering straws made from alternative materials - including paper or compostable plastic. The new lids and straws will be phased out to every Seattle and Vancouver, Canada location this Fall, and will continue across the US periodically. A roll-out of the cups will continue onto Europe, beginning with the Netherlands, France and the U.K. 

"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," said Kevin Johnson, president, and chief executive officer for Starbucks.

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Here?s to our Fallishness! I leave you a #throwback chockfull of autumnal color on this, the last official morning of Fall. #fallout ??? . P.S. There?s been some controversy about the newer @starbucks straw-less cups ? in that they use more plastic to make than the straws do, ergo worse for the environment. I will argue, however, that if you tend to make drinks at home + ice coffees in the summer especially + you are like me + hated to throw out the old straw+cup combo after just one use, these new cups are much easier to wash out + reuse time + time again (as I am doing here!) So, there?s that ? though I know it is not always convenient or clean to keep them, unless you?re a giant bag lady like me who drinks the original down to the last drop, no whip! . P.P.S. I really do need coffee today because I was up late again wrapping gifts. As I?ve said before, #parentsdontsleepin December. ? . #instagood #newenglandfall #fall #falllovers #goodbyefall #goodmorningig #morningslikethese #starbucks #starbucksstrawless #starbucksstrawlesslid #starbuckslovers #coffee #coffeelovers #coffeegram #caffeine #java #drink #drinkphoto #thedrinkblog #drinkporn #drinkstagram #drinkblogger #foodblogger #bostonblogger #igersboston #bostonigers #newengland_igers

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Other companies joining Starbucks in conservation efforts include Alaska Airlines, Royal Carribean, and Bon Appetit Management, which has over 1,000 locations in establishments such as universities and museums. Fast food giant McDonalds, has also stepped up, sharing that they will begin testing plastic-alternatives at restaurants starting this year.

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Be sure to be on the lookout for these new lids and straws coming to a Starbucks near you soon.

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