Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
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Starbucks to ban plastic straws within two years

Starbucks to ban plastic straws within two years

Starbucks, citing the environment threat to oceans, will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years.

The issue is coming up in company boardrooms, though Starbucks is taking the lead among large food chains. The Seattle-based carrier, which said it handed out 22 million stir straws and citrus picks a year ago, also said it would have non-plastic, marine-friendly drinking straws for travelers that request them.

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Little did she know at the time that the experimental project would become the standard lid design for iced drinks served at all 28,000 stores around the world.

Starbucks said that it will begin using the strawless alternatives in Seattle and Vancouver stores by this fall, and expand to the USA and Canada, followed by other global locations, in fiscal year 2019. Ice-blended Frappuccinos, meanwhile, will be served with straws made of paper or compostable plastic.

Starbucks joins companies, cities, and countries around the world that have banned plastic straws. Malibu, Calif., Miami Beach, Fla., and Monmouth Beach, N.J., also prohibit single-use sippers.

A number of restaurants and private establishments also have taken measures to curb their use of plastic straws. Among the big names advocating for straw bans are actor Adrian Grenier, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and actor Kendrick Sampson. "The siren is calling".

Starbucks said the conversion will be complete by 2020.

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

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

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