Starbucks, your favorite coffee company to Instagram, just made a massive announcement. Earlier Starbucks had announced that they would be testing a paper cup fee in certain outlets in the UK, but now, they’re doing the full monty and are working to eliminate the use of straws completely in all their stores worldwide by 2020!
According to a tweet posted by Starbucks, this would result in the reduction of 1 billion straws per year.
We’re removing plastic straws in our stores globally by 2020—reducing more than 1 billion plastic straws per year from our stores.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) 9 July 2018
In order to achieve this, Starbucks is transitioning from the use of the flat plastic lids to the lids used for Starbucks’ new nitro drink which acts a bit like an adult sippy cup. However, if a customer prefers a straw then they can request an eco-friendly straw (good news for all those frappe drinkers).
In a statement released by Starbucks, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a “significant milestone.” Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program lauded the development saying, “Starbucks’ decision to phase out single-use plastic straws is a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic. With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines.”