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Starbucks replacing plastic straws with new drinking lid

Starbucks replacing plastic straws with new drinking lid

Customers have been calling on the chain to remove single use straws from their 28,000 stores for the past two years, with many envrionmental groups creating petitions and platforms to gain the company's attention but now, it looks like wheels are finally in motion to become "straw-free" in all stores by this time two years.

Starbucks will begin offering "strawless lids" on iced coffee, tea and espresso drinks.

Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020.

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. This special lid, likened by some (curmudgeons?) to an adult sippy cup, is already available at more than 8,000 stores in Canada and the U.S. For thick blended beverages like the Frappuccino, paper or compostable straws will be distributed to any patrons who need them (but hopefully you have your own stainless, glass, or pasta straw in hand, ready to go).

Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place. A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where the will be used in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.

Also see: What kind of straws are actually eco-friendly? But I do hope the move does not make Starbucks (or its customers) complacent in the battle against all plastic pollution, particularly that which is caused by their single-use disposable coffee cups. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws. Among the big names advocating for straw bans are actor Adrian Grenier, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and actor Kendrick Sampson.




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.

Say goodbye to plastic straws at Starbucks.

This isn't the first time Starbucks has considered the environmental impact its customers waste has.

Starbuckshadalready committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks.

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


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