Starbucks is stepping up to help the environment by reducing plastic straw pollution. The coffee chain is testing out straw alternatives in Vancouver and Seattle locations first.
The company is looking to completely ban straws globally by 2020. Vancouver is the first Canadian location to test out the new sippy cups. If you frequent Starbucks, you’ve likely already seen them. The strawless lid resembles a sippy cup which will be used for their iced coffee, tea and espresso-based beverages.
“Starbucks’ decision to phase out single-use plastic straws is a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic,” said Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program. “With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines.”
After the trial period, the plan is to fully implement the new lids for all cold non-blended beverages served at all their Vancouver locations by the Fall. This new move will help reduce more than a billion plastic straws per year.
“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 Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks.
The new lid is already available in over 8,000 Canadian and U.S. locations for select cold drinks.
Starbucks Testing Sippy Cups In Vancouver