Starbucks has joined the growing list of foodservice companies turning their back on plastic straws by revealing it will outlaw them from more than 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores by 2020.
The coffee chain, which claims it is the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a global commitment, estimates the move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from its stores.
Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid (main image), which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages.
The lid is currently available in more than 8,000 stores in the US and Canada for select beverages including Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam.
A global rollout of the strawless lid will follow, beginning in Europe where strawless lids will arrive in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the UK just as the market expands its 5p paper cup charge to 950 stores, to further promote reusability.
In addition, Starbucks will begin offering straws made from alternative materials – including paper or compostable plastic – for Frappuccin®blended beverages, and available by request for customers who prefer or need a straw.
“For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” stated Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer for Starbucks.