Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws From All Of Its Stores By 2020

The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020 Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020 | TheHill
Cary Marshall | 11 July, 2018, 02:02

One in four New Zealanders have a disability and for many of them a plastic straw helps hydrate or feed themselves as well as giving them independence.

It comes a week after Starbucks's United States hometown of Seattle banned single-use plastic straws and utensils at businesses that sell food or drinks in the city.

Vancouver and Seattle customers will be among the first to be offered one of its alternatives - a strawless lid.

While Starbucks does post some big numbers in terms of drinks sales and straw usage, switching from single-use straws to recyclable (depending on the market) polypropylene lids is a tiny drop in a vast ocean in terms of curbing marine plastic pollution.

Starbucks' announcement included statements of support from organisations such as the Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas programme and the World Wildlife Fund, praising the company for its straw ban. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

Starbucks notes the cups for its cold drinks are made from recyclable materials.

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It will be used for all cold drinks with the exception of Frappuccinos, which will be served with a disposable, paper straw.

The UK government said that 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die each year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

Sixteen Tampa Bay businesses have received national Ocean Friendly certification through the coalition by voluntarily banning foam products and plastic bags, only providing straws and to-go utensils upon request, and enforcing recycling programs. Vancouver will prohibit plastic straws as well as some other items by June 1, 2019 as part of the Zero Waste 2040 Strategy. Reusable water bottles have also gained popularity as a way to reduce use of plastic water bottles, with refilling water stations popping up on college campuses and elsewhere. Imperial Dade, a food service and janitorial supplies distributor based in New Jersey, says it's seen a huge spike in demand for alternative straws in recent months.

Mr Howitt says there shouldn't be a halt to voluntary elimination of plastic straws simply because they're cheap and convenient and disabled people can use alternatives.

Seattle and Vancouver will be the first cities to implement strawless lids in stores with phased rollouts to follow elsewhere in the USA and Canada.

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