Starbucks replacing plastic straws with new drinking lid

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

The company said it is the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a commitment-a decision that will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year from its stores.

Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic.

Starbucks, citing the environment threat to oceans, will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a "significant milestone" in the company's sustainability efforts.

Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids for all drinks this fall, starting with stores in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle.

A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where they will be used in selected stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.

By the fall, all cold coffee beverages in Seattle and Vancouver will be served with the same strawless lid now offered for the cold brew drinks.

An online petition calling on Starbucks to say goodbye to plastic straws has close to 150,000 signatures.

Other cities, like Fort Meyers, have banned plastic straws as well.

Other municipalities mulling over the same kind of measure include Portland and New York City; California is considering a statewide ban.

The no-straw movement, which had already been brewing in certain communities and beach towns, gained mainstream traction three years ago after a video showing a sea turtle with a plastic straw wedged in its nose went viral.

A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines, and we are grateful for Starbucks leadership in this space".