Starbucks announced today that it will eliminate plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020.
In a statement released Monday, the company said plastic straws will be replaced with strawless lids or alternative-material straw options.
The strawless lid, which was designed, developed and manufactured by Starbucks, will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages. The lid is currently being used in more than 8,000 locations in the US and Canada for select beverages including Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam.
Starbucks said it will also start offering paper or compostable plastic straws for Frappuccino beverages by request.
Fans in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., Canada will be the first to see the new lids replace single-use plastic straws, with other locations switching to the new lids through 2020.
While the new strawless lid is also made of plastic, it’s polypropylene content makes it widely recyclable.
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