Starbucks to ban plastic straws from all 28000 stores

Starbucks citing ocean threat is ditching plastic straws

Starbucks to ban plastic straws from all 28000 stores

The strawless lids will become the standard for all of Starbucks' iced drinks except the Frappuccino, which the company says will be served with a straw made from paper or a compostable plastic manufactured from fermented plastic starch.

The city of Seattle-where Starbucks is based-is believed to be the first major USA city to ban plastic straws, in a regulation that took effect July 1.

Starting this fall Starbucks customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to receive the strawless lids, with phased rollouts in the USA and Canada coming in fiscal year 2019.

Plastic straws represent a comparatively small amount of all plastic waste, Reuters says, but they are more hard to recycle than other plastic items.

Thyme & Again Creative Catering got rid of plastic straws nearly ten years ago, after the owner felt concerned about plastic pollution on land and in the ocean. In lieu of the classic drinking straw, Starbucks said it will design alternative-material straw options and "a strawless lid".

"In 2011 it was estimated that 2.5 billion coffee cups were thrown away each year and that figure is likely to be higher now".

"For people who don't need a straw, don't use one".

Today the company announced that it is getting rid of plastic straws everywhere by a certain date. The push gained traction after a viral video in 2015 showed rescuers removing a straw from a sea turtle's nose in graphic detail.

Actor an environmental advocate Adrian Grenier says he delivered a statement to Starbucks shareholders in March pleading for the company to adopt more environmentally-friendly policies.

Partly in response to changing municipal regulations and partly due to growing consumer pressure, the issue is coming up in company boardrooms.

The store will automatically offer cold drinks with the new sipping lid, but for "frappuccinos", a coffee mixed with ice, the store will offer paper straws or ones made of a compostable plastic based on fermented plant starch.

Still, the advocacy group 5 Gyres notes that the top five biggest sources of single-use plastic are plastic bags, water bottles, to-go containers, to-go cups and straws.

In its place, Starbucks will cap cold beverages with a special lid that doesn't require the use of a straw.

Other companies have also ditched or vowed to ditch plastic straws voluntarily before bans come into effect.

"This is something that could really help the environment", Ruth said.

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