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Starbucks phases out single-use plastic straws

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws in all stores to prevent ocean contamination harmful to marine life.

The company estimates it will eliminate more than 1 billion single-use plastic straws from its 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores each year.

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To replace the straws, Starbucks has designed a strawless lid that will become standard for almost all cold drinks. The lid is already available in more than 8,000 stores in the United States and Canada. The company will also offer straws made of other materials such as paper and compostable plastic.

Seattle, where the company is headquartered, and Vancouver will be the first cities to see plastic straws go, starting this fall. The rest of the United States and Canada will see the new lids roll out in 2019 followed by other global markets. All plastic straws are expected to be eliminated by 2020.

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“For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer for Starbucks.

Starbucks has about 5o stores in the Dayton region. The new lids are already being offered by request as an alternative to the straws in some Dayton-area stores.

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