The coffee giant announced Monday it will begin to phase out plastic straws from all of its stores, with a plan to scrap them completely by 2020.
However, customers who prefer or need a straw can still request one, but they will be made of alternative materials.
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And the city of Vancouver will become the first Canadian city to ban plastic drinking straws, along with Styrofoam cups and take-out containers, when the new rule takes effect next summer.
Starbucks said it will make available strawless lids or straws made of other materials instead. It's a plastic strawless lid that will come to replace single-use plastic straws that now inundate its coffee shops. The company has already designed and developed a strawless lid that it expects to become a standard for its iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages. "Metal straws can be unsafe for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's whereas reusable plastic straws present hygiene concerns to people with specific health conditions".
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Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws as well.
Say goodbye to plastic straws at Starbucks. 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 add up to about 2,000 tons of the almost 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in the water each year. Phased rollouts within the USA and Canada will then follow. "With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines".
Today the company announced that it is getting rid of plastic straws everywhere by a certain date.
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