Starbucks Coffee Company, the largest food, and beverage retailer have committed itself to abolish the use of single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores by 2020.
The plastic straws will be replaced by either making a straw-less lid or developing alternative-material straw options available, around the world. Starbucks expects to eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from its stores.
Straw-less lid, designed, developed and manufactured, by Starbucks is now commonly used for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages, which is currently available in more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada for select beverages including Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam. The lid is also being suggested for Nitro beverages in additional markets such as China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Straws made from alternative materials, for example, paper or compostable plastic, are going to be introduced by Starbucks for Frappuccino blended beverages. This straw can also be supplied on request to customers preferring a straw.
Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive for Starbucks, said, “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.”
Erin Simon, director of sustainability research & development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, U.S., commented, “Starbucks goal to eliminate plastic straws by 2020 from their stores globally represents the company’s forward thinking in tackling the material waste challenge in totality. Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species. 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.”