SEATTLE — Starbucks Coffee Co. has set a goal to eliminate single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores globally by 2020. The company said it will offer strawless lids or alternative-material straw options instead for iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages.
Starbucks’ new strawless lid is available in more than 8,000 stores in the United States and Canada for select beverages, including Cold Foam and Starbucks Draft Nitro coffee and is being piloted for Nitro beverages in markets including China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Starbucks said it will begin offering straws made out of paper or compostable plastic for Frappuccino blended beverages and by request for customers who prefer or require 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,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer for Starbucks.
The move is the latest in a number of sustainability initiatives at Starbucks, which offers discounts to customers who use reusable tumblers and has introduced cups containing post-consumer fiber.
Starbucks’ announcement follows a wave of recent bans on plastic straws, which have contributed to waste on beaches and oceans.