Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Stores by 2020

Katie Ramirez
July 9, 2018

Today, July 9, Starbucks has announced plans to eliminate all single-use plastic straws globally by 2020.

Starbucks' newly designed strawless lid will be used for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages. The move is expected to eliminate the use of more than 1 billion straws a year.

Those straws will be provided for blended Frappuccino beverages, or by special request, the company said.

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Plastic straws will soon be out at Starbucks. Seattle is believed to be the first major USA city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to the Seattle Public Utilities.

"For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer for Starbucks.

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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.

Earlier this year, Taiwan announced an ambitious plan to ban single-use plastic items like straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030.

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. A global rollout will follow, starting in Europe where the strawless lids will arrive in select stores in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

WATCH: Plastic straw ban? Starbucks said it has committed more than $10 million to this initiative so far.

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

"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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