Starbucks plans to stop offering plastic straws by 2020

  • Starbucks plans to stop offering plastic straws by 2020

Starbucks plans to stop offering plastic straws by 2020

Ice-blended Frappuccinos, meanwhile, will be served with straws made of paper or compostable plastic. The company has already designed and developed a strawless lid that it expects to become a standard for its iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages.

Starbucks said the new strawless lids will first be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver in the third quarter of this year. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them.

Starbuckshadalready committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks. Several other USA cities have already implemented similar bans, or have proposed legislation in the works.

"This is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive of Starbucks, said in a statement.

McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May.

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.

A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws. Straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the almost 9m tons of plastic waste that hits waters each year.

Starbucks Coffee Co. plans to phase out single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores by 2020 in an effort to reduce its global waste footprint. "We hope others will follow in [Starbucks'] footsteps".