Starbucks has moved one step closer to its goal of becoming a strawless business as the massive coffeehouse chain has announced that it will be introducing strawless lids for cold beverages in its U.S. and Canadian stores.
The announcement comes after Starbucks had tested the strawless lids in a number of stores across the U.S, coming to the conclusion that they were successful enough for a nationwide rollout. The new lids are made from polypropylene and have 9% less plastic than the conventional flat lids and straws typically used by the company, according to Restaurant Business Online.
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
“A recyclable, strawless lid becoming the standard for iced drinks is one small way we can give more than we take from the planet. This is a significant moment for Starbucks as we work to reduce waste and safeguard the environment,” said Andy Corlett, director of global packaging solutions and innovations in a press release.
Starbucks haven’t completely phased out straws from their business yet, as they will still be made available in store for customers who choose to use them, but it does move the coffee giants one step closer to becoming a completely strawless business.
“Starbucks strawless lid is a prime example of how innovation will help us move closer to a healthy ocean free of trash, and we are committed to working with Starbucks through our International Coastal Cleanup and our Trash Free Seas Alliance to drive positive change,” said Doug Cress, Vice President of Conservation at Ocean Conservancy
“Our hope is that other companies follow suit, and that these innovations are met with greater investment from both the public and private sectors in recycling infrastructure and markets to keep the momentum alive,” Cress added.
Starbucks have yet to announce if the newly developed strawless lids will be making their way to the South African branches.
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