You can still get a straw for your drink at Starbucks, but you will have to ask for it.
Starbucks has announced that is rolling out its recyclable, strawless lids across the United States and Canada as part of its plan to “shift away from single-use packaging and plastics.”
Starbucks said the initial trial run was successful and thus it is “marking a significant milestone in Starbucks effort to eliminate one billion plastic straws globally per year.”
“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, in a news release.
“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.”
According to the news release, “Starbucks designed, developed, and manufactured its strawless lid, which will now be the standard for all iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Starbucks Refreshers beverages.
The lid was modeled after the lid customers recognize from Starbucks hot drinks and has approximately nine percent less plastic than the flat lid and straw historically used for iced beverages.
Unlike straws that cannot be recycled because of their size, the strawless lid made from polypropylene, meets the Association of Plastic Recyclers design guidelines for recyclability and can be recycled in many markets in the U.S. and Canada.”
Starbucks said it “developed variations in lid design to match the variety of beverages Starbucks offers. For example, the distinct lid for Nitro beverages, which began rolling out in 2018, has a slightly wider, tear-drop shaped opening, designed for the perfect drinking experience of Starbucks velvety-smooth Nitro Cold Brew and beverages with Cold Foam
Similarly, Frappuccino blended beverages and other drinks with whipped cream will continue to have a domed lid made from recyclable plastic and be accompanied by a straw, except where prohibited by local law.
Straws will also remain available in stores for customers upon request.”
Doug Cress, vice president of conservation for the Ocean Conservancy, said that last year the conservancy’s coastal cleanup “removed nearly one million straws from beaches and waterways around the world, and that’s one million too many polluting our environment.”