SEATTLE, Wash. (WLNE) – International coffee chain Starbucks announced Monday that it plans to replace all of its plastic lids and straws with new, recyclable lids and straws by the year 2020 for its iced drinks.
The announcement, posted on the Starbucks online newsroom and social media pages, situates the move as a step toward environmental sustainability.
According to the announcement, the plastic straws that have traditionally been provided for iced drinks will be phased out and replaced with new, widely recyclable lids that include a lip to sip from.
The new lid, which has already begun circulating in over 8,000 stores in the U.S., will be provided with all iced drinks except for Frappucinos. Frappucino orders will instead come with a new, compostable plastic straw that will replace them traditional plastic straw.
The change is expected to eliminate waste created by more than one million straws per year.
“This move is an answer to our own partners about what we can do to reduce the need for straws,” said Starbucks’ Vice President of Global Social Impact, Colleen Chapman. “Not using a straw is the best thing we can do for the environment.”
In anticipation of varying preferences, Starbucks has also noted that compostable straws are also available by request for any customer hoping to use a straw instead of the new lids.
The chain has also invested in the NextGen Cup challenge, a project which aims to develop fully recyclable containers for hot beverages.
“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 President and CEO of Starbucks, Kevin Johnson.
To learn more about the announcement and Starbucks’ sustainability efforts, visit Starbucks’ online media newsroom.