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Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

By 2020, the company announced today, it will have entirely eliminated the use of single-use plastic straws in stores around the world.

Starbucks's strawless lids "will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages" in Seattle and Vancouver this fall.

It's a plastic strawless lid that will come to replace single-use plastic straws that now inundate its coffee shops.

McDonald's recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some USA locations.

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. "Metal straws can be unsafe for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's whereas reusable plastic straws present hygiene concerns to people with specific health conditions".

Other communities across the country, including Sanibel Island, located in Florida, are also on the list of places considering a ban on these plastic products.

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At Starbucks, executives said the efforts are part of a $10 million plan to develop cups and lids that are fully recyclable and compostable.

To comply with the July 1 plastic straw ban, Starbucks stores in Seattle are offering customers new compostable straws, splash sticks and cutlery.

A number of restaurants and private establishments also have taken measures to curb their use of plastic straws. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week.

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

The strawless lid, which features a raised lip, is already available in more than 8,000 stores in the US and Canada for select beverages.

Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program, called Starbucks' decision a "shining example" of how companies can help fight ocean pollution.


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