Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

Starting this fall Starbucks customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to receive the strawless lids, with phased rollouts in the USA and Canada coming in fiscal year 2019.

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.

Seattle and Vancouver, Canada locations will be the first of Starbucks 28,000 stores worldwide to see the new strawless lids.

Starbucks will replace straws with specially designed cold-up lids already in use for some specialty drinks.

The decision came after the company worked to design a new lid for the Draft Nitro cold foam beverage in 2016 that was originally served only in Seattle, according to a release from Starbucks.

Starbucks said it will make available strawless lids or straws made of other materials instead.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a "significant milestone" in the company's sustainability efforts. McDonald's said earlier this year that it would stop using plastic straws at all of its stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Engineers successfully developed a "cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid", and decided to make it the standard for all iced drinks except the Frappuccino, totally phasing out straws by the year 2020.

As BBC News reported in February, a Scotland-based disability group called One in Five says paper, plant-based, and metal straws aren't adequate substitutes for single-use plastic straws and could even be risky for people, depending on their disability. Ice-blended Frappuccinos, meanwhile, will be served with straws made of paper or compostable plastic. Malibu, Calif., Miami Beach, Fla., and Monmouth Beach, N.J., also prohibit single-use sippers. "I hope all of you will listen to her". And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020.

Starbucks stock closed at $48.98, up 37 cents or 0.76%, on Friday.

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