Starbucks to Ban Plastic Straws from Stores in More Cities by 2020

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Big coffee chain Starbucks is about to ban plastic straws in all its stores next years. They promised to do this a year ago and are now following up with the decision. Instead of the plastic straws, they will use straw-less lids that have been tested at selected locations across the U.S. And Canada.

Customers have immediately started wondering if the new lid will also be made of plastic, to which the company responded that “the strawless lid is made from polypropylene, a commonly-accepted recyclable plastic that can be captured in recycling infrastructure, unlike straws which are too small and lightweight to be captured in modern recycling equipment,” writes The Guardian.

Starbucks isn’t the only company to be getting rid of plastic straws. This environmental cause is supported by McDonald’s (in the U.K.) and IKEA, which will be removing items like plastic straws, freezer bags, plates, and garbage bags from their restaurants and stores.