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Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020

11 July 2018

The Associated Press reports Seattle is the first major USA city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in the food service industry.

The coffee company announced on Monday its global plan to eliminate single-use plastic straws from more than 28,000 of the company's stores by 2020.

By the fall, all cold coffee beverages in Seattle and Vancouver will be served with the same strawless lid now offered for the cold brew drinks.

News of the Starbucks move comes as Seattle recently enacted a ban on the use of straws in the city. Starbucks will begin its transition into this change starting in the fall, with stores in Seattle, Vancouver, and Canada releasing the raised lid cups instead of using plastic straws. "As we partner with Starbucks in waste reduction initiatives. we hope others will follow in their footsteps".

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Replacing a plastic straw with a new plastic lid does have its environmental benefits, Starbucks said.

At Happy Goat Coffee, straws are only available to those who need them, including young children and people with disabilities, Assad said. According to Give A Sip, a campaign started by Wildlife Conservation Society to educate the public about the harmful effects of plastic straws, "At the rate we're polluting, there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish by 2050".

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life.

And therefore, in one of the company's first moves towards this goal, they have introduced a new cup for their cold brews.

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The new lid is made from polypropylene plastic that can be widely recycled.

Starbucks' headquarters are in Seattle, where a ban on plastic straws just kicked in.

It is no surprise that they are jumping on this opportunity, when earlier this year, Starbucks committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks. Many metal straws are also dishwasher safe, bendable and are also made to fit most tumblers and cups. A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where the will be used in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.

Cravens Coffee owner Simon Thompson said the roastery's wholesale customers are approaching him about eco-friendly options for straws, including ones made by Indiana-based Aardvark Straws, which focuses on paper options.

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Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020