Starbucks phasing out plastic straws by 2020

Katie Ramirez
July 12, 2018

A year ago in Santa Cruz, Calif., Starbucks started testing out straws made from materials other than traditional plastic. Starbucks plans to get rid of straws from every store by the year 2020.

Starbucks predicts that it will eliminate more than 1 billion straws yearly. 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.

Of course, Starbucks isn't alone in its quest to clean up its reputation by cleaning up the environment.

The strawless lid is available in more than 8,000 stores in the USA and Canada for drinks such as nitro cold brew and cold foam cold brew coffee.

Seattle and Vancouver will be the first cities to see the permanent change this fall, with the rest of the USA and Canada, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to follow.

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Starbucks has announced that they want to globally eliminate plastic straws from their cafes by 2020.

These straw-free cups will be slowly interdouced to stores throughout the year with no mention yet as to when we can expect them here in Ireland.

The initiative has made Starbucks the largest retailer yet to join the global movement against the wasteful plastic utensils.

Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids this fall, starting with locations in Seattle and Vancouver. Other companies and consumers are following the trend towards becoming more environmentally conscious.

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. And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world. Reusable water bottles have also gained popularity as a way to reduce use of plastic water bottles, with refilling water stations popping up on college campuses and elsewhere. Plastic straws have become one of the biggest targets. A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where they will be used in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the UK.

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