Starbucks Will Ditch All Plastic Straws by 2020

Word has it that in order to be more environmentally friendly, Starbucks will get rid of all of their plastic straws globally by 2020. In 2017, it was reported that there are 27,339 Starbucks stores around the world. The company said that they hope to eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year. Imagine the impact that this will make!

Sustainable Materials to Be Used for Straws and Lids

Starbucks will begin to design lids that do not need straws or make straws that are more sustainable. They are transitioning from the flat, plastic lids to ones that have a raised lip you can drink from. Just imagine a sippy cup but in adult form. For those people that still prefer to use straws, however, there will be eco-friendly versions that are made from compostable plastic and paper.

Many environmental activists have been pushing for this for a while, especially since the viral video that came out in 2015 showed rescuers removing a straw from a sea turtle’s nose. This is what essentially started to raise awareness. People have become more informed about the dangers of plastic straws on the environment and marine life.


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Global Aspiration for Sustainability

This new change will start to occur in the fall at stores in Seattle and Vancouver, making it the largest food and drink retailer to get rid of plastic straws. Kevin Johnson, the president and chief executive officer for Starbucks, stated the following: “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.”

According to Erin Simon, the director or sustainability research and development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, “Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species. We hope others will follow in [Starbucks’] footsteps.”

So thank you, Starbucks for being open to change. We can only hope that other companies will do the same. 

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