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Starbucks To Stop Offering Straws At All Locations By 2020

Starbucks To Stop Offering Straws At All Locations By 2020

"Starbucks taught the world how to drink coffee, and I believe that this commitment will help teach the world how to embrace sustainable business practices - starting with the plastic straw", said Grenier.

The coffee retailer will also begin offering straws made from alternative materials - including paper or compostable plastic - for Frappuccino beverages.

Starbucks says customers will first notice the change in its Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia-based stores before "phased rollouts" across the rest of the USA and Canada.

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Starbucks has made a decision to do away with plastic straws by 2020 over evidence that they damage the environment, the company said Monday.

Fueling the movement is increased consumer environmentalism and concern about the many straws that end up polluting oceans and waterways.

Customers who prefer or need a straw can request one, which will be made of alternative materials, the release said.

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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.

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

The company will broaden the manufacture and use of what some in social media have dubbed the "adult sippy cup".

Many restaurant chains around the world are in the process of trying to become eco-friendly by intro introducing more recyclable options or by getting rid of things harmful to the environment. And straws contribute only 2,000 tons to the nearly nine million tons of plastic waste that wind up in the water annually, according to the Associated Press.

"Starbucks is finally drawing a line in the sand and creating a mould for other large brands to follow", said Chris Milne, director of packaging sourcing.

While plastic drinking straws have become one of the more high-profile environmental issues, they make up only about 4 percent of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight.