Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020

09 July, 2018, 16:40 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • A patron holds an iced beverage at a Starbucks coffee store in Pasadena

The company will broaden the manufacture and use of what some in social media have dubbed the "adult sippy cup".

Starbucks says it will replace plastic straws in stores globally with ones made from other materials by 2020, a nod to the growing push for businesses to be more environmentally friendly.

The food and beverage retailer said Monday that it would switch to a strawless lid or alternative-material straw in place of plastic straws.

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, called the move a "significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways".

Starbuckshadalready committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks. Unlike straws, the new lid can be recycled, the company said.

McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May.


Last month, McDonald's (MCD) said that it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September.

Starbucks said cold beverages in which a straw is typically included make up 50 percent of the drinks its sells, up from just 37 percent five years ago.

Local governments have also been looking at the issue.

The announcement comes after Seattle, Starbucks' home market, banned restaurants from using plastic straws and utensils on July 1. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the USA and Canada to follow next year. Phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada will then follow.

"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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