Monday, 23 July, 2018

Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020
Priscilla Morrison | 09 July, 2018, 16:40

The company will broaden the manufacture and use of what some in social media have dubbed the "adult sippy cup".

Starbucks will start the transition away from plastic straws in Seattle and in Vancouver in the fall, before launching a phased rollout in the U.S.in its fiscal 2019.

The company previously announced a $10 million effort to develop and introduce a "fully recyclable and compostable hot cup", according to the news release.

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

McDonald's also recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. locations.

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In the United States, local governments are already putting similar restrictions into place.

A week after its hometown banned plastic drinking straws and utensils, the Seattle company said Monday that by 2020, it will be using straws made from biodegradable materials like paper and specially designed lids.

Still, those who support limiting plastic straws say they are generally unnecessary and a ban is symbolically important.

"Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species", said Erin Simon, director of sustainability research & development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, US, in a statement.

The company said it is the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a commitment-a decision that will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year from its stores. "We hope others will follow in [Starbucks'] footsteps". Straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the almost 9m tons of plastic waste that hits waters each year.

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