Starbucks unveils strawless lids
Earlier this year, Starbucks announced it wanted to do its part to reduce carbon, water and waste by 2030. As a part of that goal, Starbucks announced yesterday it is rolling out strawless lids across company-operated and licensed stores in the U.S. and Canada.
We're committed to a more sustainable way to sip. 💚
This month, we will complete our rollout of lightweight, strawless lids to stores in the US and Canada, eliminating an estimated 1 billion single-use plastic straws a year. pic.twitter.com/4847SpjqvQ
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) September 10, 2020
“Recyclable, strawless lids for customers across the U.S. and Canada is another step in our journey to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Michael Kobori, Chief Sustainability Officer at Starbucks. “As we move closer toward our 2030 target of a 50 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills, the long-standing history of innovation within Starbucks, partnership across the industry and changing consumer behavior remain fundamental to our purpose and our prosperity as an organization.”
Say goodbye to the iconic green straws
The recyclable, strawless lid is made from polypropylene and has approximately 9% less plastic than the previous lid and straw used for iced beverages, according to Starbucks. The company says the new lid will now be the standard for all iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Starbucks Refreshers beverages.
Despite a successful trial with the sippy cup style lids, some people are not happy.
I understand that eliminating straws is a major improvement when it comes to sea life but How are plastic lids any better? You’re still using petroleum (which requires drilling) to create your cups and lids… So are they really reducing their carbon footprint?
— David Smith (@DavidJSmith93) September 10, 2020
I have a beard and mustache and a straw is an absolute requirement, anyone else with a beard will agree.
— Nick Slouka (@NSlouka) September 10, 2020
Others are applauding the company’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint.
Oddly enough this was the highlight of my day yesterday when my barista handed me my cup of ice coffee with the new lid. I’ve never felt right sucking coffee through a straw even if it is cold.
— Brandie Wilson (@Brandie1970) September 10, 2020
— Chris-FL (@chris_921) September 10, 2020
Straw a must for you?
Straws will continue to be available upon request for Starbucks customers who need or want them.
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