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.
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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I think France have the best midfield in the tournament, with a flowing attack though England and Belgium look competitive. This fixture is one of the matches that could easily have been the "Final" of this 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation .
Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer last July while under government custody, prompting new global calls for Liu Xia's release. The pale, bespectacled poet, who had long sported a shaved haircut, appeared gaunt and somber in most of the images.
Jan Ceulemans opened the scoring for Belgium 11 minutes in, before France levelled with a strike from Jean-Marc Ferreri. Both sides are no mugs defensively, but they have each made a habit out of conceding as this tournament has progressed.
Asensio, was rumoured to have grown frustrated after starting just 19 of Madrid's 38 La Liga games last season. The 22-year-old play-maker was linked with a British transfer record switch to Liverpool a few weeks ago.
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I feel I am improving and, hopefully, I can keep improving. "In the first period of extra-time, I felt real fatigue in my knee". England trio Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final.
President Trump on Tuesday inflamed tensions barely 48 hours before Air Force Ones touches down by saying Britain is "in turmoil". Trump is also expected to travel to Scotland, where he owns two golf courses.
The interior ministry has placed their names on the Exit Control List , which bars individuals from leaving the country. Maryam to 10 years and seven years of rigorous imprisonment respectively in the Avenfield properties corruption case.
Last remaining kid, coach evacuated from Thai cave
British divers found them grouped together in complete darkness on a muddy bank several kilometres inside the cave on Monday. The Seals said they are still waiting for a medic and three navy Seals who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave.
Rescuers free eighth boy from cave in Thailand
The worldwide effort to save the group has paired divers in "buddy teams" with the remaining eight boys and their coach. Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk was the latest to pitch in. " More personnel" were being used than on Sunday.
France and Belgium battle for place in World Cup final
Belgium managed to deny Neymar last time out, but they must now do the same with Mbappe who dismantled Argentina in the last 16. Barring a Kylian Mbappe-inspired 4-3 victory over Argentina, France have lacked cohesion in the final third.
Legendary striker Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid for Juventus
Real Madrid has won my heart and that of my family and it is because of that, now more than ever, I would like to say thank you. For Real Madrid , Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of the greatest symbols and a unique reference for generations to come.
Fifth boy rescued from cave, Thai officials confirm
The operation began at 10 a.m. local time and went faster than initially expected, but did not confirm which boys were rescued. The rain raises concerns that rising floodwaters in the cave complex will complicate rescue efforts and affect the evacuation.