Starbucks finally did what it set out to do in 2018: Remove straws from stores for good.
The time has officially arrived to start saying goodbye to the plastic straws that would help you down that iced vanilla latte. The famed Seattle-based coffee chain has announced that it’s getting rid of those dark green plastic straws that usually cannot be recycled. Two years ago the company announced that it would replace plastic straws with a new recyclable, strawless lid by 2020 and it’s sticking to its word. (Related: What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Smoothie Every Day).
Starting this month, the chain announced it would begin phasing out straws across the U.S. and Canada and instead use a recyclable lid that resembles a sippy cup.
“Recyclable, strawless lids for customers across the U.S. and Canada is another step in our journey to reduce our environmental footprint,” Michael Kobori, chief sustainability officer at Starbucks said in a statement. “As we move closer toward our 2030 target of a 50 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills, the long-standing history of innovation within Starbucks, partnership across the industry and changing consumer behavior remain fundamental to our purpose and our prosperity as an organization.”
There will even be different lids for different types of drinks. For example, the Nitro Cold Brew will continue to be served with a lid that has a tear-drop shaped opening, which will also now be used on top of iced coffee, tea, and espresso drinks. The Frappuccino and other drinks with whipped cream on top will also continue to have the dome-shaped lids, and plastic straws will be exclusive to only these drinks unless prohibited by local law. (Related: We Tried Every Starbucks Frappuccino & This Is the One We’d Order Again).
With this new initiative, Starbucks will be closer to achieving its goal of eliminating one billion plastic straws globally per year. Here’s to a more sustainable, but equally as caffeinated future!
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