Starbucks to ban plastic straws worldwide by 2020

Plastics and other debris line an estuary in Kentucky

Plastics and other debris line an estuary in Kentucky

Starting this fall Starbucks customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to receive the strawless lids, with phased rollouts in the US and Canada coming in fiscal year 2019.

The coffee-shop giant announced Monday that it will use recyclable strawless lids and an alternative-material straw option in its more than 28,000 stores around the world.

That's right all plastic straws will be completely eliminated from Starbucks stores very soon, the company wants to get rid of them all by the year 2020.

Starbucks said that it will begin using the strawless alternatives in Seattle and Vancouver stores by this fall, and expand to the USA and Canada, followed by other global locations, in fiscal year 2019. The new lids are already being used in more than 8,000 stores in North America for beverages such as draft nitro.

"Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages", the company said in a news release.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a "significant milestone" in the company's sustainability efforts.

Other communities across the country, including Sanibel Island, located in Florida, are also on the list of places considering a ban on these plastic products. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week.

Customers who prefer or need a straw can request one, which will be made of alternative materials, the release said.

A number of restaurants and private establishments also have taken measures to curb their use of plastic straws. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020. In March, for example, the company announced a $10 million challenge to design a disposable coffee cup that is compostable.

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