You May Also Like

summertime sex myths

The truth about 5 common summertime sex myths

Dental hygiene: Should you use mouthwash?

Dentists are giving the okay to cut this staple out of your teeth-cleaning routine

Rihanna makeup tutorial for bronzer uses

The one product Rihanna’s makeup artist says will glow up your face *and* body

Vegan sour cream alternative uses coconut yogurt

Make a creamy vegan sour cream alternative in seconds, no blender needed

Yoga injuries have spiked 70 percent in 5 years

Yoga injuries have spiked a *lot* in the past few years—so here’s a tool to help you flow safely

These are the least stressed cities in the USA

And the most and least stressed cities in the country are…

Starbucks is nixing this major thing from its stores: straws


Thumbnail for Starbucks is nixing this major thing from its stores: straws
Pin It
Photo: Starbucks

Lately, the some companies, governments, and the general public have grown more concerned with the pressing need to reduce plastic waste. The 5.25 trillion microplastic particles—AKA 270 tons—currently floating in the sea due to the world’s single-use culture is harming not only wildlife and Mother Nature but also your health. The latest company to go green—just in time for Plastic Free July—is Starbucks, which recently announced via press release a plan to ban plastic straws from its more than 28,000 locations by 2020.

Starbucks’ initiative will eliminate 1 billion plastic straws annually, according to the release. That’s major news considering that Americans use half a billion plastic straws daily. In place of the drinking utensil, the worldwide coffee chain has developed a recyclable plastic sippy top that fits on cups for iced beverages. It’s already being used for some drinks—including the Draft Nitro and Cold Foam—in upwards of 8,000 stores in the United States and Canada. Soon, only Frappuccinos will be served with a straw—but one that’s made from “paper or PLA compostable plastic manufactured from fermented plant starch or other sustainable material.” And that eco-friendly straw option is available for all drinks at the customer’s request.

Starbucks is set to ban plastic straws by 2020, which will eliminating the use of 1 billion annually. .

Starbucks isn’t the only big business to jump on the plastic-free bandwagon with better-for-the-environment options: McDonald’s is also ditching its plastic straws at UK locations and plans on testing its new paper option in the United States as well. Furthermore, earlier this year, Adidas announced a strategy to use recycled plastic in all its products by 2024. And on July 1, Seattle became the first US city to completely prohibit plastic straws and utensils. Other locales are trending in that direction, with several cities having passed laws limiting plastic straw use.

But you don’t have to wait for corporations and laws to wise up in order to pledge your own eco-friendly allegiance. There are plenty of plastic-free straw options you can keep on hand to stay green wherever you are, whether that’s sipping on a smoothie at home or picking up an iced matcha on the way to work.

Ready to make a difference? Shop these 9 reusable straw options.

Queen Elizabeth is pushing to give Buckingham Palace an eco-friendly makeover. Also, here’s why you should pack seaweed sunscreen for your next beach getaway.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

Yoga injuries have spiked 70 percent in 5 years

Yoga injuries have spiked a *lot* in the past few years—so here’s a tool to help you flow safely

Well+Good - What's your gut type (and how is it affecting your health)?

What’s your gut type (and how is it affecting your health)?

Surprising facts about CBD

5 things you didn’t know about CBD, straight from industry experts

Antidepressant tolerance and how to address it

My antidepressant isn’t working anymore—now what?

These are the least stressed cities in the USA

And the most and least stressed cities in the country are…

Rihanna makeup tutorial for bronzer uses

The one product Rihanna’s makeup artist says will glow up your face *and* body