Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws In All Stores Worldwide By 2020

Starbucks announced on Monday that it will stop using plastic straws at all of its stores worldwide by 2020.

The global coffee giant unveiled plans to eliminate all single-use plastic straws by capping cold drinks with lids that do not require the use of a straw.

Starbucks said in a release that paper or compostable straws will also be available for customers upon request.

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, called the move a “significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways.”

The company predicts that it will eliminate more than 1 billion straws yearly and will begin using the strawless alternatives in Seattle and Vancouver stores by this fall. The initiative will then be expanded to the U.S. and Canada, followed by other global locations, in fiscal year 2019.

McDonald’s announced earlier this year that it would stop using plastic straws at all of its stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.