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Starbucks replacing plastic straws with new drinking lid

Starbucks replacing plastic straws with new drinking lid

Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws at its locations around the world.

Within the next two years Starbucks hopes to eliminate single-use plastic straws and instead plans to introduce the recyclable "strawless lids" and biodegradable substitute straws. Last week, Seattle became the latest city to ban plastic utensils and straws.

M Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, issued a statement saying that 500m plastic straws are thrown away every day in the USA and lauded Starbucks for its "meaningful action to protect our oceans".

Starbucks announced Monday it is eliminating single-use plastic straws from all of its 28,000 stores by 2020.

These straw-free cups will be slowly interdouced to stores throughout the year with no mention yet as to when we can expect them here in Ireland.

Straws made of alternative materials will still be available to customers on request. Doing some serious math, the chain says the move will keep an estimated 1 billion straws out of landfills.

Replacing plastic straws with plastic lids is a step in the right direction: Straws are often hard to recycle and are prevalent in litter on land and in waterways, Jeffery Morris, economist and owner of Sound Resource Management Group, said in a phone interview. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them.

While plastic drinking straws have become one of the more high-profile environmental issues, they make up only about 4 percent of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight. In fact, eight metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans.

Seattle and Vancouver, BC will be the first cities to sip on their iced drinks without straws, with other locations launching the new lids through 2020.

"This move is an answer to our own partners about what we can do to reduce the need for straws", said Colleen Chapman, vice president of Starbucks global social impact overseeing sustainability.

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