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Starbucks to phase out plastic straws from all its stores worldwide by 2020

Starbucks to phase out plastic straws worldwide by 2020

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
EU, Other (Worldwide)

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Commitment timeline
Start/End date
07/2018
Ongoing: 
Yes
Lauren Hill
Description

Starbucks will phase out plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020, a decision that will eliminate more than 1 billion straws a year. Starbucks strawless lids, designed by Starbucks Global Research & Development team, will become the standard lid for all iced drinks except Frappuccino. For these blended drinks and those customers who do prefer a straw, Starbucks is introducing straws made from alternative materials such as paper or PLA compostable plastic.

Commitment Targets
To be achieved by: 
December 2020

Starbucks target is to phase out plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020, a decision that will eliminate more than 1 billion straws a year.

Legal requirements and expected outperformance

Going strawless is just one of the ways that Starbucks is thinking through more sustainable approaches to single-use packaging. The company has invested $10 million in the NextGen Cup Challenge, which seeks to develop a fully recyclable and compostable hot cup.

Starbucks is also encouraging customers to BYOT — “bring your own tumbler” — by granting discounts as part of its efforts to reduce waste. In Spring 2018 the company trialled a corresponding initative in 34 stores across London with resounding success: a 5p charge on disposable cups resulted in a 126% increase in reusable cup use and is now on course to be rolled out in all 950 UK stores.

This success is also being followed up with a similar trial for paper cup recycling in 11 stores in the Netherlands and the testing of two new straw alternatives, including a paper and biodegradable plastic straw, in 54 London and Manchester stores.   

These are all voluntary commitments and initiatives, not linked to specific legal obligations.

Monitoring Report publication date: 
07/2018