Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

2 years 4 days 22 hours ago Monday, July 09 2018 Jul 9, 2018 Monday, July 09, 2018 2:01:00 PM CDT July 09, 2018 in Continuous News
By: Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN

(CNN) - Starbucks is going strawless.

The coffee company announced Monday that it will phase out plastic straws from all of its stores by 2020.

The changes will help Starbucks eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year, the company said.

Conservationists say plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life. Some governments have begun banning them.

To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require them, to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from. The new designs have drawn comparisons to an adult sippy cup.

Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic. Coffee drinkers who prefer straws for other beverages can request the new eco-friendly versions.

Some Starbucks drinks, like cold brew with cold foam, are already served in cups with strawless lids.

Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids for all drinks this fall, starting with stores in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a "significant milestone" in the company's sustainability efforts.

Starbucks had already committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks.

Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place.

Last month, McDonald's said that it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September. The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said.

The announcement from McDonald's followed an April proposal by the UK government to ban plastic straws in the country. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

In the United States, local governments are already putting similar restrictions into place. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

The UK government said that 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die each year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

"Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species," said Erin Simon, director of sustainability research & development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, US, in a statement. "We hope others will follow in [Starbucks'] footsteps."

Starbucks said that it is the largest food and beverage retailer to have promised to get rid of plastic straws.

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.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines," he said in a statement.

— CNN's Laura Smith-Spark contributed to this report.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Truman VA staff cheered on a veteran while he was wheeled out of the hospital on Monday. He... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 8:19:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—About 20 people filed complaints about other individuals or businesses not following the mask ordinance this weekend, according to the... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 7:19:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services have cooling centers open to the general public as an impending... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 6:55:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Camden County Sheriff's Office received nearly a $400 million in grant funding through the Department's Office of... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 6:36:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — COVID-19 tests recommended by doctors now must be free to Missouri patients under a new law. ... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 5:41:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
WENTZVILLE (AP) — General Motors will temporarily lay off a shift of workers at its assembly plant in Wentzville amid... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 5:36:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City does not plan to place a mask ordinance anytime soon, according to local officials. ... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 4:35:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia, University of Missouri Health Care and Boone Hospital Center released a joint statement on... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 4:17:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFF CITY - The Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
ROLLA (KBIA) — National forests, including Mark Twain in the Missouri Ozarks, saw big crowds over the Fourth of July... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 3:25:16 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Missouri prisoners are raising concerns because guards are not required to wear face masks. Prisoners told... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 3:17:20 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. ... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - Medical marijuana could be available in dispensaries this fall, now that two cultivation facilities passed inspection... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 2:33:13 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A sentence hearing for the man who pleaded guilty in a February 2019 arson at a Planned Parenthood... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 2:23:17 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Staying cool in the summer is a must, but this year it involves wearing masks. Wearing a... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The B&B Bagel Company's south location sustained damage to its building and awning on Monday morning. B&B... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 1:45:55 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Parson signed a child protection bill into law on Monday. The bill includes protecting homeless youth... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 1:34:00 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The state of Missouri is investigating a St. Louis company that it says approved 600... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 1:15:36 PM CDT July 13, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
12am 76°
1am 75°
2am 74°
3am 73°