Starbucks ditching plastic straws out of environmental concerns

A Starbucks employee hands out coffee samples in Target in downtown Portland on Nov. 24 2017

Starbucks is going strawless. Starbucks introduced a new line of iced tea, coffee and tea lemonade drinks to their customers to cool down in the summer.

By 2020, the company announced today, it will have entirely eliminated the use of single-use plastic straws in stores around the world.

Starbucks, citing the environment threat to oceans, will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years.

The brewer is phasing out plastic, one-time-use straws, because of material waste and danger to aquatic sea life they can cause.

Starbucks Starbucks announced on Monday that it will eliminate plastic straws from its products by 2020.

The company will broaden the manufacture and use of what some in social media have dubbed the "adult sippy cup". Coffee drinkers who prefer straws for other beverages can request the new eco-friendly versions. These now come with drinks like the Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam, and will come with the Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew to be released on Tuesday.

The company said it will make a strawless lid available at 8,000 stores in the USA and Canada for certain drinks.

"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.

Starbucks said more markets will follow until the chain meets its goal. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week. Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the almost 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in waters around the globe each year.

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