(From BBC News)
Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores worldwide by 2020 to reduce environmental plastic pollution, the company says.
The coffee retailer will phase out single-use straws from its more than 28,000 locations, cutting out an estimated 1bn straws each year.
Customers will instead be given plastic lids designed for use without a straw or with non-plastic straws. . . .
Nicholas Mallos, of the Ocean Conservancy, said the ban was “a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic”.
The announcement comes just one week after Seattle, Washington – home to Starbucks’ headquarters – became the first major US city to ban single-use plastic straws and cutlery in bars and restaurants.