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Starbucks to quit plastic straw habit globally by 2020

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Starbucks will eliminate single-use plastic straws in favor of recyclable plastic lids or alternative-material straws worldwide by 2020, the company announced Monday.

The company estimates that this will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from its 28,000 stores, including its 268 in New Jersey.

“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,” said Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson in a statement.

The recyclable plastic strawless lid is currently available in 8,000 stores in North America, although it was not immediately apparent what New Jersey stores had them available.

A release from the company stated that it will begin offering straws made from paper and compostable plastics for Frappuccinos and for customers who prefer or need a straw.

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Patrick July 10, 2018 9:27 am

Now all they have to do is allow black people to use their bathrooms...

Bri July 10, 2018 4:03 pm

What about the plastic cups? Aren't they just as bad?