Starbucks to end plastic straws worldwide by 2020

- Jun 03, 2019-

Us coffee chain starbucks has announced it will start testing a new "green cup" in five cities.

The cups look like traditional paper cups, but the lining is made of biodegradable material rather than plastic.

That means they're finally truly recyclable.

Starbucks said it would be the first to test the cup in five cities: New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, vancouver and London.

Not only that, but the company also announced that starting this summer it will introduce a new lid for cold drinks, which it claims will eliminate the need for plastic straws as part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste.

Starbucks says the new lid for cold drinks USES 9 percent less plastic than the current lid and straw.

This summer, they will test the lid for the first time in six cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, d.c., Indianapolis and Toronto.

The new lid is designed for cold drinks, but the frappuccino line of drinks will continue to use an arched lid and straw, unless local laws prohibit it.

Starbucks said last year it would phase out single-use plastic straws by 2020, though customers can still request plastic straws at its stores.

Fast food chains have joined the fight against plastic straws in recent years as calls for the elimination of plastic waste grow louder.

Last year, McDonald's announced it would replace all plastic straws with paper straws in its UK and Irish restaurants from September.

KFC, another fast food giant, stopped using straws with plastic LIDS in all its Singapore restaurants last year.

Even ikea announced last year that it would phase out all single-use plastic in its stores by 2020 as a result of the European Union's plastic ban.

For a long time, plastic straw is a standard match for all kinds of cold drinks. However, when it provides convenience for human beings, it is unknowingly causing great harm to the environment we live on!

An estimated 500 million plastic straws are consumed every day in the United States alone.

Although many plastic straws are made from recycled polypropylene, most recyclers refuse to recycle them.

The things that are directly affected by this plastic in the ocean are the creatures in the ocean!

Every year, Marine life is reported to die from eating plastic waste.

A corvette's beaked whale was found stranded on the southern coast of the Philippines on March 15 after eating 40 kilograms of plastic bags.

The D 'bonecollector museum in the Philippines released the facts of the whale's death on its facebook page Monday, saying the whale was dehydrated, hungry and vomited blood before it died.