Starbucks joins companies, cities, and countries around the world that have banned plastic straws.
This announcement makes Starbucks the largest food and beverage retailer to commit to such a global commitment, and the plan will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws a year. Unlike straws, the new lid can be recycled, the company said. Some offer more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as straws made of paper, bamboo, steel, even Twizzlers. Similar proposals are being considered in places like NY and San Francisco. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week.
Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws as well.
The waste issue is coming up in company boardrooms, though Starbucks is taking the lead among global companies on straws. McDonald's said earlier this year that it would stop using plastic straws at all of its stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Straws made with alternative materials like paper and compostable plastic will be provided with Frappuccinos, as well as upon request by customers.
Straws are a small contributor to the overall plastic problem, but they are an easy target since most people don't require a straw to consume a beverage. Straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the almost 9m tons of plastic waste that hits waters each year.
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