Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020

Starbucks has become the latest company to ditch plastic straws

Starbucks has become the latest company to ditch plastic straws

Starbucks has announced it is eliminating plastic straws from its stores worldwide over the next two years, an environmental measure that it said will remove more than a billion plastic straws annually from its stores. The new designs have drawn comparisons to an adult "sippy cup".

Starbucks said that it will begin using the strawless alternatives in Seattle and Vancouver stores by this fall, and expand to the US and Canada, followed by other global locations, in fiscal year 2019.

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.

However, customers who prefer or need a straw can still request one, but they will be made of alternative materials.

Local government officials across the country are considering banning plastic straws, and some Charlottesville businesses have gotten a head start.

At Starbucks, executives said the efforts are part of a $10 million plan to develop cups and lids that are fully recyclable and compostable.

"This is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive of Starbucks, said in a statement.

Say goodbye to plastic straws at Starbucks.

The announcement from McDonald's followed an April proposal by the United Kingdom government to ban plastic straws in the country. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week.

Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program, called Starbucks' decision a "shining example" of how companies can help fight ocean pollution.

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