PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Starbucks is joining the growing number of companies looking to ditch plastic straws.
The company announced it will be getting rid of straws in stores across the globe by 2020 — which will eliminate more than 1 billion straws a year from their 28,000 stores.
The company has designed a new strawless cold cup lid that is similar in design to the chain’s hot cup, but with a larger “teardrop” opening.
Though the new lid is still plastic, it’s made out of materials that are more widely recyclable than traditional plastics. The lids are now available in 8,000 stores across the U.S and Canada says Starbucks, as it begins taking steps towards its 2020 goal.
Starbucks said the lids will be used for all iced beverages, except frappuccinos. The company is working on developing a straw made from paper or compostable plastics to be served with the frozen drinks to eliminate the need for plastic straws completely.
“By nature, the straw isn’t recyclable and the lid is, so we feel this decision is more sustainable and more socially responsible,” Chris Milne, director of packaging sourcing for Starbucks, said in a news release.
Starbucks says the new lid has potential to be redesigned with more eco-friendly materials as new possibilities are discovered.