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09 July 2018, 06:40 | Kelvin Horton
Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020
Starbucks predicts that it will eliminate more than 1 billion straws yearly.
Starbucks said the new strawless lids will first be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver in the third quarter of this year. It will then spread to European countries such as France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
This would apply to its more than 28,000 company operated and licensed stores, the coffee giant announced on Monday (Jul 9).
The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder.
The no-straw movement, which had already been brewing in certain communities and beach towns, gained mainstream traction three years ago after a video showing a sea turtle with a plastic straw wedged in its nose went viral.
It's a plastic strawless lid that will come to replace single-use plastic straws that now inundate its coffee shops. Though some restaurants don't offer straws at all, others provide compostable, bamboo or paper options.
Still, those who support limiting plastic straws say they are generally unnecessary and a ban is good symbol. Similar proposals are being considered elsewhere, including NY and San Francisco.
The issue is coming up in company boardrooms, though Starbucks is taking the lead. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020.
McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May.
Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic. They essentially look like sippy cup lids - regular plastic lids with a raised and slanted mouthpiece for customers to drink from.
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