Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws

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Alexander said in a statement: "I am really excited to have developed something that can be part of this big transformation of going strawless." .

For customers like Sarah Martincic of Oley Township, the new strawless lids are a convenient solution to a pressing problem. In the United Kingdom, the company has also placed taxes on paper cups, and worldwide, Starbucks offers a discount for customers who use reusable cups.

Global coffee giant Starbucks will eliminate all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores by 2020, becoming the latest corporate giant to take steps to combat pollution from disposable plastic.

Starbucks has announced plans to phase out plastic straws by 2020 in stores around the world and replace them with an innovative lid design that cuts out the need for drinking straws altogether. Some governments have begun banning them.

Engineers successfully developed a "cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid", and decided to make it the standard for all iced drinks except the Frappuccino, totally phasing out straws by the year 2020. Frappuccino drinks will continue to be served with dome lids that require straws, but the straws themselves will no longer be plastic ones but alternatives made from paper or special compostable plastic.

Alternatives to plastic straws have also been on the rise-think straws made of paper, bamboo, glass and metal.

For some Starbucks drinkers, the companys new strawless lid may look familiar.

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In a release, the company stated its stores in Seattle and Vancouver would see the departure of plastic straws first, beginning in the fall.

In today's announcement, Colleen Chapman, the vice president of Starbucks global social impact, said eliminating straws is "a response to requests from partners and customers". At the time, Starbucks wavered on the proposal; a company spokesperson told Mic that Starbucks would be developing a "recyclable and compostable cup solution", but wouldn't reveal specifically its plans for straws. In their press release, the company said that after several weeks of designing, they chose the lid that featured a teardrop-shaped opening about the size of a thumbprint, described as a "cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid".

"Our world is so inundated by plastics, and straws are damaging wildlife", Murphy said.

For Christchurch woman Allison Frankton, who has cerebral palsy, single-use plastic straws mean she can drink on her own.

Have you ever given thought to how many of those unmistakable green plastic straws end up on our beaches and in our oceans each year? .

According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the USA alone. "We hope others will follow in [Starbucks'] footsteps".

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