Starbucks has announced they will phase out plastic straws from all of their stores by 2020. Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life. To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require straws to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from. Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic. Those who prefer straws for other beverages can request the new eco-friendly versions. This changes will help Starbucks eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year, the company said. This makes Starbucks the largest food and beverage retailer to have promised to get rid of plastic straws.
“Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species,” said Erin Simon, director of sustainability research & development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, US, in a statement. 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. “With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines,” he said in a statement.
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