Starbucks will start the transition away from plastic straws in Seattle and in Vancouver in the fall, before launching a phased rollout in the U.S.in its fiscal 2019.
McDonald's made a similar announcement in June that it would scrap plastic straws from restaurant locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland and replace them with paper straws, starting in September.
To replace the straws, Starbucks also debuted images of its new strawless lids, which will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver locations this fall, with phased rollouts within the US and Canada to follow next year.
For Starbucks Corp., the year 2020 will be the final straw.
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Across the pond, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced a plan in April to prohibit the sale of plastic straws and drink stirrers, along with plastic-stemmed cotton buds.
As well as the lid innovation, Starbucks has invested $10 million to conjure the design of a fully recyclable and compostable hot cup. The campaign to reduce the use of straws gained steam in 2015 with a graphic viral video showing scientists pulling a plastic straw from a sea turtle's nostril.
Targeting plastic-straws over other single-use plastic "shows a real tendency towards a populist, easy fix solution" and is a "flippant thing to do" she says. Its straws will be replaced by sippy cup-like lids that are also plastic, but more recyclable. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws. McDonald's is road testing the use of biodegradable straws for its drinks.
The coffee chain is the latest big company to acknowledge the environmental threat plastic straws pose and promise to implement an alternative in the face of mounting public pressure.
Local governments across the United States initially spearheaded the plastic-strawless movement. Phased rollouts within the USA and Canada will then follow. "As we partner with Starbucks in waste reduction initiatives such as Next Gen Consortium Cup Challenge and WWF's Cascading Materials Vision, we hope others will follow in their footsteps". "With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines, and we are grateful for Starbucks' leadership in this space".