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Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in stores globally by 2020

09 July 2018

For customers who prefer to have or need a straw, Starbucks said straws made of paper or compostable plastic will be available upon request - for their Frappuccino blended beverages.

Starbucks says it will become the largest food and beverage retailer to commit to eliminating plastic straws, a change it says it will complete by 2020.

Say goodbye to plastic straws at Starbucks.

Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life.

Starbucks Coffee Co. estimates the switch will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws a year.

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, called the move a "significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways".

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

The announcement from McDonald's followed an April proposal by the United Kingdom government to ban plastic straws in the country.

In the United States, local governments are already putting similar restrictions into place. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week.

Starbucks said Monday that it is making available a strawless lid at 8,000 stores in the US and Canada for certain drinks.

Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he said in a statement.

Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in stores globally by 2020