Starbucks does away with straws and people are freaking out

Starbucks unveils strawless lids

starbucks strawless lids
(Source: Starbucks/Starbucks Sustainability Commitment Packaging)

Earlier this year, Starbucks announced it wanted to do its part to reduce carbon, water and waste by 2030. As a part of that goal, Starbucks announced yesterday it is rolling out strawless lids across company-operated and licensed stores in the U.S. and Canada.

“Recyclable, strawless lids for customers across the U.S. and Canada is another step in our journey to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Michael Kobori, Chief Sustainability Officer at Starbucks. “As we move closer toward our 2030 target of a 50 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills, the long-standing history of innovation within Starbucks, partnership across the industry and changing consumer behavior remain fundamental to our purpose and our prosperity as an organization.”

 Say goodbye to the iconic green straws

starbucks strawless lids
(Souce: Starbucks)

The recyclable, strawless lid is made from polypropylene and has approximately 9% less plastic than the previous lid and straw used for iced beverages, according to Starbucks. The company says the new lid will now be the standard for all iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Starbucks Refreshers beverages.

Despite a successful trial with the sippy cup style lids, some people are not happy.

Others are applauding the company’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

Straw a must for you?

Straws will continue to be available upon request for Starbucks customers who need or want them.


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