Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

It will be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver beginning this fall, the company said.

The global coffee giant said that it plans to eliminate all single-use plastic straws by 2020, and will instead cap cold drinks with lids that do not require the use of a straw.

Starbucks said that it is the largest food and beverage retailer to have promised to get rid of plastic straws.

According to a release, Starbucks said the lid is now available in more than 8,000 stores in the USA and Canada for select beverages, including Draft Nitro and Cold Foam.

By the fall, all cold coffee beverages in Seattle and Vancouver will be served with the same strawless lid now offered for the cold brew drinks.

Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws.

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

Last month, McDonald's announced that it would start testing plastic-straw alternatives at certain USA locations later this year.

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. Straws, though, will still be available - made from paper or compostable plastic.

The plastic straw is going the way of the Unicorn Frappuccino. "The siren is calling". In March, for example, the company announced a $10 million challenge to design a disposable coffee cup that is compostable.

An online petition calling on Starbucks to say goodbye to plastic straws has close to 150,000 signatures.

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