Starbucks phasing out plastic straws by 2020

Starbucks phasing out plastic straws by 2020

Today the company announced that it is getting rid of plastic straws everywhere by a certain date.

Starbucks is going strawless.

Starbucks' decision to stop using the straws follows last week's news that its founding city, Seattle, banned the use of all plastic straws and utensils in bars and restaurants in a push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution.

Adam Harris, a customer at the location Monday afternoon, said he agrees with the company's initiative to remove plastic straws from its stores.

Seattle, where Starbucks is headquartered, implemented a ban on single-use plastic straws and utensils last week; Fort Myers Beach, Fla., has also ditched straws, while NY and San Francisco are considering similar proposals.

Kevin Johnson, the president and chief executive officer for Starbucks, explained that the decision to eliminate non-recyclable plastic straws from the worldwide chain is monumental.

Seattle and Vancouver, BC will be the first cities to sip on their iced drinks without straws, with other locations launching the new lids through 2020.

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Starbucks is seeing through to ditch plastic straws by 2020.

Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place. Straws are lower-hanging fruit in the battle against plastic, but hopefully it provides the motivation Starbucks needs to keep fighting in all the ways that count.

In June, McDonald's said it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September, completing the transition in 2019.

The coffee chain is the latest big company to acknowledge the environmental threat plastic straws pose and promise to implement an alternative in the face of mounting public pressure. "Paper straws are becoming super trendy because they are better for the environment".

The movement to eliminate single-use plastic straws is gaining momentum globally as consumers are showing an increasing concern for the issue of waste.

About 275 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons entering the ocean, according to a 2015 Science magazine report.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program, said regarding Starbucks' announcement on Monday.

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