The coffee giant says it uses 1 billion plastic straws a year as its cold beverage sales grow, but will replace them with "strawless" lids and alternative materials. Ice-blended Frappuccinos, meanwhile, will be served with straws made of paper or compostable plastic.
And therefore, in one of the company's first moves towards this goal, they have introduced a new cup for their cold brews.
For some Starbucks drinkers, the companys new strawless lid may look familiar.
The plastic straw is going the way of the Unicorn Frappuccino.
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The coffee company announced Monday it will phase out plastic straws from all its stores by 2020.
The mega coffee brand announced that it is slowly getting rid of plastic straws, and will serve iced drinks using a plastic lid with a teardrop-shaped opening in an effort to reduce waste and become more environmentally friendly.
Sixteen Tampa Bay businesses have received national Ocean Friendly certification through the coalition by voluntarily banning foam products and plastic bags, only providing straws and to-go utensils upon request, and enforcing recycling programs.
Anti-straw activists often suggest using straws made of paper, metal or glass - or simply drinking without one. And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020. McDonald's said in June it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September. And straws contribute only 2,000 tons to the nearly nine million tons of plastic waste that wind up in the water annually, according to the Associated Press. Other cities such as New York City and San Francisco as well as fast-food chains like McDonald's are also considering a ban on plastic straws. Phased rollouts within the United States and Canada will then follow. A global rollout, starting with Europe, will come next.