Starbucks To Stop Offering Straws At All Locations By 2020

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Just last week Seattle banned both plastic straws and utensils.

Happy Goat Coffee Company and Thyme & Again Creative Catering made a decision to ditch plastic straws in order to cut back on plastic waste.

The company confirmed that the move will eliminate around one billion plastic straws per year used in its straws.

Of course, Starbucks isn't alone in its quest to clean up its reputation by cleaning up the environment. McDonald's said in June it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September. Starbucks has actually been using the lid design for their nitro cold brew coffee already and will start rolling them out with more drinks at stores in Seattle and Canada first. Stores outside of the USA will then see the new lids, starting with Europe.

Instead, it will introduce a new recyclable lid and alternative straw options (compostable and paper) to its worldwide customer base. "Metal straws can be unsafe for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's whereas reusable plastic straws present hygiene concerns to people with specific health conditions".

The first of the new and improved lids will roll out on all drinks this fall, starting with Starbucks stores in Vancouver and Seattle.

Starbucks is among several major companies that have announced measures to cut plastic waste. "There is no reason for us to. use those things".

Starbucks is the latest company to announce a ban on plastic straws, but 95 Utah businesses already took the pledge months ago.

"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".

The new lid is made from polypropylene plastic that can be widely recycled. And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world. The company has long encouraged customers to bring in reusable cups and their coffee is 99 percent ethically-sourced.

Meanwhile, Bon Appétit Management is banning plastic straws and stirrers at more than 1,000 cafes and restaurants the food-service management company runs.

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