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Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020

Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020”

Global coffee giant Starbucks announced Monday it will eliminate plastic drinking straws from its stores due to environmental concerns.

The move will affect its 28,000 stores across the globe and it means they are now the largest food and beverage company who have committed to do so.

The global coffee giant will remove plastic straws in stores across the country by 2020.

Environmental activists have been campaigning for the move for some time due to the negative impacts unrecyclable plastic straws have as waste in the world's oceans, often considerably harming marine life.

Straws made with alternative materials like paper and compostable plastic will be provided with Frappuccinos, as well as upon request by customers.

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. Not long ago, shareholders of McDonald's, the world's second largest producer of plastic straws (Starbucks is the largest), according to data compiled by Better Alternatives Now List 2.0, voted against a proposal by environmentalist group SumOfUs to ditch plastic straws in its USA locations.

The announcement comes a week after Seattle, where the coffee house is headquartered, became one of the first high-profile cities in the U.S.to ban straws.

Starbucks' movement on straws is coming much more quickly than the company's efforts to address cup recycling.

Small chains and retail locations are getting the ball rolling by switching from plastic straws and utensils to recyclable ones, and several local governments have passed bans on the products.

The main option is a recyclable, strawless lid that acts somewhat like an adult "sippy cup".

Stores in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to implement these new measures in the fall, phasing out the use of plastic straws in 2019. The same day as Starbuck's announcement, Hyatt announced that single-use plastic straws will only be available on request starting September 1, and last month McDonalds announced it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by 2019.

The company then switched over to paper straws three years ago, Shelia Whyte, the cafe's owner said.

Starbucks has made a decision to do away with plastic straws by 2020 over evidence that they damage the environment, the company said Monday.

Berks County residents grabbing a morning cup of iced coffee at Starbucks locations may soon notice a lack of plastic straws with their favorite drinks.



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