In 2016, Starbucks began serving coffee with strawless lids at Seattle’s Reserve Roastery. The ‘sippy cups’ have started to roll out across the country with Starbucks’ new cold-foam topped drinks. In the next few years, you can expect to see a lot more of them. The coffee giant has just announced a global effort to eliminate single-use plastic straws by 2020, and the new lids are going to make that happen.
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Currently available at more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, the lids will be phased in to every Starbucks in Seattle and Vancouver this autumn, with more locations soon to follow suit. The environmentally-friendly decision is said to save 1 billion straws per year.
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The iconic green straw will still be available, but in a new material. Instead of using single-use plastic straws, Starbucks is switching over to paper and compostable plastic straws, served with Frappuccinos and available upon request for customers “who prefer or need a straw.”
Starbucks’ effort to go strawless is one of many from companies and cities hoping to reduce waste and keep straws from ending up in the ocean, where they can hurt wildlife. Last week, Seattle announced it is the first city to ban plastic straws and utensils.
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK