Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Starbucks is removing plastic straws from all stores

The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020 Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020 | TheHill
Sandra Phillips | 11 July, 2018, 02:03

The announcement from McDonald's followed an April proposal by the United Kingdom government to ban plastic straws in the country.

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

The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada to follow next year.

Starbucks has become the first major food and beverage company to ditch plastic straws.

Thomas Hammer, founder and CEO of Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters, said the company began using compostable straws in its stores earlier this year, with plans to shift to paper straws sometime later this year.

The company is the latest to announce a ban on the straws as global awareness of ocean pollution and harm to marine life increases.

By the fall, all cold coffee beverages in Seattle and Vancouver will be served with the same strawless lid now offered for the cold brew drinks.

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Yet here we are in 2018, and straws are being singled out as a prime culprit of environmental degradation, particularly in the coffee industry, where plastic and polystyrene foam (styrofoam) for decades helped pave the way for a high-volume drinks sales model.

"This move is an answer to our own partners about what we can do to reduce the need for straws", said Colleen Chapman, vice president of Starbucks global social impact overseeing sustainability.

"Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species".

But many consumers have criticised use of a plastic sipping lid as the replacement 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".

Local governments across the United States initially spearheaded the plastic-strawless movement. The potential harm of ocean waste, particularly from plastic straws, drew widespread attention after a 2015 YouTube video of a sea turtle with a straw up its nostril went viral. "There is no reason for us to. use those things".

"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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