Starbucks announced Monday it will offer recyclable strawless lids and eco-friendly straws in its more than 28,000 stores beginning this fall. A larger-scale rollout will begin in North America this fall and in Europe and the United Kingdom next year.
"There are several of these single-use items the public is realising, hey, we don't actually need these", said Denise Hardesty, a scientist with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation who studies plastic pollution.
Today the company announced that it is getting rid of plastic straws everywhere by a certain date.
In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a "significant milestone" in the company's sustainability efforts. Other companies and consumers are following the trend towards becoming more environmentally conscious.
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England gained a thumping two-goal victory which puts them in a good position to make it all the way to the final. That made it back-to-back shootouts for Croatia following its narrow win over Denmark in the round of 16.
Earlier this year, Starbucks committed $10 million over three years to help find an alternative to its ubiquitous hot beverage cups - its third such attempt in a decade - which are complicated to recycle due to their plastic liner.
Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws as well. "By nature, the straw isn't recyclable and the lid is, so we feel this decision is more sustainable and more socially responsible", said Starbucks' director of packaging sourcing Chris Milne. Although the fast food chain later announced a campaign to replace plastic straws with paper ones in the United Kingdom and select markets in Asia, its top management decided that expanding the change to its over 140,000 locations in the US would be too costly.
"Basically (for) the small drink straws, there's not an easy way to recycle them", she said.
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But she said: "We do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honour the result of the referendum". Gauke said. "The challenge is all very well for people to say I wouldn't do this".
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The health department has been unable to determine if the patient had consumed any of the recalled frozen vegetable products. Woolworths assured customers that other frozen products like their sweetcorn or vegetables are not believed to be affected.
Hurricane Chris to track south of Nova Scotia
Hurricane Chris is expected to pass south of Nova Scotia on Thursday, creating high waves along the Atlantic coast. The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for Puerto Rico, warning of thunderstorms and wind gusts.
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Social media users have shared their own videos and messages of support for Miss Hojabri using the hashtag #dancing_isn't_a_crime. She was among the many Instagram users arrested by authorities for posting videos on the social media platform in recent weeks.
Eight Thai boys rescued from cave
Each boy is being accompanied by two divers and it takes hours to negotiate the flooded tunnels through the dark, murky water. On Sunday, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys but waited several hours before confirming their safe rescue.