Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Stores

Mindy Sparks
July 9, 2018

The food and beverage retailer said Monday that it would switch to a strawless lid or alternative-material straw in place of plastic straws.

By 2020, consumers will no longer be able to get single-use plastic straws at all Starbucks stores globally.

Starbucks says that customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to go strawless beginning this fall, with more markets to follow.

"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.

On July 1, Seattle became the first US city to ban plastic straws, spoons, forks and knives.

The company also announced plans to add two new cold beverages to the permanent menu, making good on a shareholder promise to increase the variety of its cold drinks, which represent 50 percent of beverage sales.


"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.

Last month, McDonald's (MCD) said that it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September. Straws, though, will still be available - made from paper or compostable plastic.

As BBC News reported in February, a Scotland-based disability group called One in Five says paper, plant-based, and metal straws aren't adequate substitutes for single-use plastic straws and could even be unsafe for people, depending on their disability. Malibu, Calif., Miami Beach, Fla., and Monmouth Beach, N.J., also prohibit single-use sippers.

Other municipalities mulling over the same kind of measure include Portland and New York City; California is considering a statewide ban. "The siren is calling".

At Starbucks, executives said the efforts are part of a $10 million plan to develop cups and lids that are fully recyclable and compostable.

An online petition calling on Starbucks to say goodbye to plastic straws has close to 150,000 signatures.

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