Starbucks will stop distributing plastic straws in 2020. While it is an excellent step in the right direction, critics point to the fact that Starbucks other single use products are a far larger problem.

Following news that Seattle would ban restaurants from handing out plastic straws to customers, Starbucks has made a similar announcement today . The brand aims to stop distributing single-use plastic straws across its 28,000 stores by 2020 in an effort to protect the environment. (Some estimate that at the rate we are going, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish .) “Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species,” Erin Simon, director of sustainability research and development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, U.S., said in a statement. “As we partner with Starbucks in waste reduction initiatives such as NextGen Consortium Cup Challenge and WWF’s Cascading Materials Vision, we hope others will follow in their footsteps.” Starbucks will replace the single-use straws with a special lid (pictured above) that does not require a straw. Some fans of the chain may recognize the lid, as it’s already being used in over 8,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The move will reportedly prevent over 1 billion plastic straws from being used per year. For those that still want (or need) to use a straw, Starbucks will provide alternatives […]

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