The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020

11 July, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020

The company said it is the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a commitment-a decision that will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year from its stores.

Starbucks will ban the plastic straw by 2020.

Berks County residents grabbing a morning cup of iced coffee at Starbucks locations may soon notice a lack of plastic straws with their favorite drinks.

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. Seattle stores began offering compostable straws, splash sticks and cutlery July 1, according to a release.

And the city of Vancouver will become the first Canadian city to ban plastic drinking straws, along with Styrofoam cups and take-out containers, when the new rule takes effect next summer. The Seattle-based carrier, which said it handed out 22 million stir straws and citrus picks previous year, also said it would have non-plastic, marine-friendly drinking straws for travelers that request them.

"It's unnecessary waste", he said. "I don't think it's a bad idea".

"We've been looking into different alternatives", he said.

The no-plastic movement has been gaining momentum in recent months amid pressure from environmentalist calling for restaurants and food chain stores to ditch the plastic straws.

"It's just less wasteful in general and more enjoyable of an experience, too".


A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws.

Even those straws, he said, will soon be replaced with paper versions. "With someone like Starbucks doing this, it gets their attention because they know it's something they will have to respond to".

"It's very important not only on the businesses and corporations but also on the public's side of things", Assad said.

"It's on our radar". "If you've seen the videos, there's good reasoning behind the change". "It has to happen", he said.

Of this figure, 6.3bn tonnes are now waste and 79% has accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.

"It really "others" disabled people and it really stigmatises disabled people rather than being an opportunity to think, "okay, well what other solutions are out there that we can all benefit from".

Within two years, the coffee chain says it will only use straws made from biodegradable materials like paper.

"There are several of these single-use items the public is realising, hey, we don't actually need these", said Denise Hardesty, a scientist with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation who studies plastic pollution.

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