Starbucks customers use more than one billion straws per year. To eliminate straws, the company will serve cold beverages-excluding frappuccinos-with a new lid featuring a raised lip.
"This move is an answer to our own partners about what we can do to reduce the need for straws", said Starbucks' Vice President of Global Social Impact, Colleen Chapman. While she commends Starbucks for taking the initiative to cut waste globally, she says 95 Utah businesses jumped on the bandwagon in the spring as part of the SLC Strawless campaign.
"Most people don't know this but plastic straws are not recyclable", said Bellefontaine.
Starbucks said it plans to be completely free of its plastic straws by 2020 and will replace them with paper straws. Plastic straws have become one of the biggest targets.
The anti-plastic straw movement has been gaining momentum: with manufacturers such as Diageo, Bacardi and Pernod Ricard already pledging to ban their use in their operations.
About 275 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons entering the ocean, according to a 2015 Science magazine report. Next, phased rollouts will start within the USA and in Canada in 2019, followed by a global rollout starting in select stores in France, the Netherlands, and the UK. Starbucks has already committed itself to the trendy cause, having pledged $10 million to help create recyclable cups for its hot drinks, but it is now moving further along in its efforts to aid the environment by choosing to ditch plastic straws.
The custom lids will also be introduced in the United Kingdom, just as the market expands its £0.05 (US$0.07) paper cup charge to 950 stores.