Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in stores globally by 2020

Plastics and other debris line an estuary in Kentucky

Plastics and other debris line an estuary in Kentucky

The mega coffee brand announced that it is slowly getting rid of plastic straws, and will serve iced drinks using a plastic lid with a teardrop-shaped opening in an effort to reduce waste and become more environmentally friendly.

The only cold beverage that will not use the lid is the Frappuccino, which will instead be served with a straw made from paper or PLA compostable plastic.

The Associated Press reports Seattle is the first major us city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in the food service industry.

The announcement comes a week after Seattle, where the coffee house is headquartered, became one of the first high-profile cities in the U.S.to ban straws. 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.

The move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from Starbucks stores, the company said. "Stop production and use of single-use plastic, period", Morris said.

The company says it will design a "strawless lid" or find an alternative material to use by 2020.

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The announcement comes just one week after Seattle, Washington - home to Starbucks' headquarters - became the first major United States city to ban single-use plastic straws and cutlery in bars and restaurants.

Also see: What kind of straws are actually eco-friendly?

The new lid is made from polypropylene plastic that can be widely recycled. The Seattle-based carrier, which said it handed out 22 million stir straws and citrus picks past year, also said it would have non-plastic, marine-friendly drinking straws for travelers that request them. Straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the almost 9m tons of plastic waste that hits waters each year.

"Starbucks taught the world how to drink coffee and I firmly believe that Starbucks can teach the world how to make the environment its ultimate business partner", Grenier said.

Starbucks' new lids will begin popping up at select locations this fall, initially in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle.

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