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09 July 2018, 05:11 | Hattie Nash
The coffee giant said Monday that it will replace the ubiquitous plastic straw with recyclable "strawless lids", as well as straws made from biodegradable materials, as part of a no-plastic-straws movement that has gained momentum in recent years.
In a move meant to cut back on waste, the global coffee giant said Monday that it would eliminate plastic straws from its more than 28,000 locations globally by 2020.
The strawless lid has already been in use at numerous company's stores for certain kinds of cold drinks like cold foam and "draft nitro", the coffee drink that comes out of a keg, mixed with nitrogen.
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The announcement comes after Seattle, Starbucks' home market, banned restaurants from using plastic straws and utensils on July 1.
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.
A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws. Several other USA cities have already implemented similar bans, or have proposed legislation in the works. The company already offers alternative straws in Seattle. Walt Disney World has banned plastic straws at some of its theme parks, while the Smithsonian Institution has taken steps to eliminate them from its museums.
The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the US and Canada to follow next year.
The company said in a release that paper or compostable straws will be available for customers upon request, and will be served with their Frappuccino blended drinks.
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