Money Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

07:00  10 july  2018
07:00  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Starbucks announces move to ditch plastic straws by 2020

  Starbucks announces move to ditch plastic straws by 2020 The firm said the move will eliminate the use of more than one billion plastic straws per year.The company becomes the largest food and drink company operating globally to do so, citing the environmental threat to oceans.

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans . The coffee chain becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder .

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans . The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder .

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NEW YORK — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced Monday, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls for businesses and cities to cut waste grow louder.

While the straws account for a small percentage of the pollution that ends up in the ocean, they've become a flashpoint because they're seen as an easy way to reduce waste.

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Starbucks , citing the environment threat to oceans , will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years. Starbucks Coffee Co. estimates the switch will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws a year.

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans . The coffee chain becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder.

"There are several of these single-use items the public is realizing, hey, we don't actually need these," said Denise Hardesty, a scientist with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation who studies plastic pollution.

A week after its hometown of Seattle banned plastic drinking straws and utensils, Starbucks said Monday that by 2020, it will use straws made from biodegradable materials such as paper and specially designed lids. The company already offers alternative straws in Seattle.

A photo illustration shows a Starbucks plastic cup on July 9, 2018 in Washington,DC. - Starbucks announced July 9, 2018 that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. (Photo by Douglas CURRAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty A photo illustration shows a Starbucks plastic cup on July 9, 2018 in Washington,DC. - Starbucks announced July 9, 2018 that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. (Photo by Douglas CURRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Straws often become trash because their small size makes them difficult to recycle.

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SEATTLE (AP) - Starbucks , citing the environment threat to oceans , will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.

SEATTLE (AP) - Starbucks , citing the environment threat to oceans , will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.

Other cities, like Fort Myers Beach in Florida, have banned plastic straws, and similar proposals are being considered in New York and San Francisco. The push to ban the straws gained traction after a viral video in 2015 showed rescuers removing a straw from a sea turtle's nose in graphic detail.

The issue of waste more broadly is coming up in company boardrooms.

In February, Dunkin' Donuts said it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020.

SAUSALITO, CA - JULY 09:  A new flat plastic lid that does not need a straw is shown on a cup of Starbucks iced tea on July 9, 2018 in Sausalito, California. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. Some of its drinnk cups will be fitted with special flat plastic lids that can be used without straws.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) © Getty SAUSALITO, CA - JULY 09: A new flat plastic lid that does not need a straw is shown on a cup of Starbucks iced tea on July 9, 2018 in Sausalito, California. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. Some of its drinnk cups will be fitted with special flat plastic lids that can be used without straws. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

McDonald's said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year and test alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. locations. The burger chain also said this year it would use only recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks , citing the environment threat to oceans , will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores globally by 2020, in a nod to the growing push for businesses to be more environmentally friendly. Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life.

Plastic drinking straws make up only about 4 percent of plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight. Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the nearly 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in waters around the globe each year.

Still, the advocacy group 5 Gyres notes that the top five biggest sources of single-use plastic are plastic bags, water bottles, to-go containers, to-go cups and straws.

Other plastic items have also been targeted in recent years.

FILE - This March 24, 2018, file photo shows a sign in a Starbucks in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws at its locations around the world. The coffee company said Monday, July 9, 2018, that it’ll offer a strawless lid or straws made of paper or compostable material instead. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This March 24, 2018, file photo shows a sign in a Starbucks in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws at its locations around the world. The coffee company said Monday, July 9, 2018, that it’ll offer a strawless lid or straws made of paper or compostable material instead. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Several local governments have enacted bans and fees on plastic bags. Reusable water bottles have also gained popularity as a way to reduce use of plastic water bottles, with refilling water stations popping up on college campuses and elsewhere.

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The company cited the environmental threat to oceans posed by the single-use products as its motivating factor to accomplish this goal by 2020. The switch is expected to eliminate the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws each year, according to estimates by Starbucks Coffee Co.

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life. Some governments have begun banning them. Starbucks will start rolling out strawless lids for all drinks in the fall. Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place.

One reason big chains say it will take time to change practices may be the difficulty in securing adequate supplies. Imperial Dade, a food service and janitorial supplies distributor based in New Jersey, says it's seen a huge spike in demand for alternative straws in recent months.

"Our biggest challenge is trying to locate alternative sources so we can satisfy the demand," said Laura Craven, the company's director of marketing.

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09:  A plastic straw is seen in a Starbucks drink on July 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020.  (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) © Getty MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: A plastic straw is seen in a Starbucks drink on July 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Craven also said she's starting to see more awareness about the need for exemptions for straws that bend, which people with disabilities and others may need. Starbucks says it expects an alternative it has to work in that regard.

The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada next year. A global rollout of strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe, where they will be used in some stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.

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