Starbucks Officially Ditches Straws for Sippy Cup Lids

However, straws will accompany whipped cream drinks unless prohibited by law.

September 11, 2020

NEW YORK—Starbucks has officially unveiled its new plastic lid with a drinking spout—an adult sippy cup—for its iced beverages, CNN Business reports. In July 2018, the company announced it would phase out plastic straws from all stores by 2020.

However, that doesn’t mean all cold drinks will come with the new lids. Some blended beverages with whipped cream, such as Frappuccinos, will still have a domed lid and plastic straw, unless prohibited by law. Those locations will hand out straws in alternative materials.

By the end of September, the new lids will be available in all of Starbucks’ U.S. and Canadian locations. The lids are made with polypropylene and contain about 9% less plastic than the company’s flat lid/straw combination.

“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, Starbucks' chief sustainability officer. “As we move closer toward our 2030 target of a 50% 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.”

Over the past year, Starbucks trialed the new lightweight, recyclable strawless lids in select markets across the United States and Canada. The new lids mark a significant milestone in Starbucks effort to eliminate 1 billion plastic straws globally per year. Starbucks will continue to shift away from single-use packaging and plastics as part of its resource positive commitment announced in January.

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