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Starbucks to Go Strawless Worldwide by 2020


There’s a burgeoning movement in Europe, Asia, North America, and beyond to ditch plastic straws, and Starbucks is looking to lead the way. On Monday, July 9, the major coffee chain announced plans to replace single-use plastic straws in its 28,000-plus stores worldwide by 2020.

According to a press release, Starbucks will begin moving away from plastic straws and toward paper and compostable plastic this fall in stores in Seattle and Vancouver. Starbucks’ announcement comes in good time; their hometown of Seattle just became the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils.

So, what will Starbucks customers get instead? For Frappucinos (and upon request), there will be compostable plastic straws and paper straws in stores. Most iced beverages will come with a strawless lid. The strawless lid for Starbucks’s iced beverages is not unlike the standard hot coffee cup lid caffeine drinkers are already familiar with.

If a strawless lid sounds a bit funky to you, you can start trying it today. In conjunction with their straw-free initiative announcement, Starbucks debuted two new iced drinks Monday, the Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte and a Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew.

The latter is what its name implies: a cold brew infused with caramel syrup. The real star of this drink is the salted cream cold foam, which is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and creamy. Think of the best salted caramel you’ve ever tasted — it’s like that. The new drink comes with the strawless lid.

Meanwhile, the Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte innovates in a new way; it has no syrup and is sweetened with coconutmilk and real vanilla bean. The result is a bit thin, but it’s a healthier alternative to those super-sugary Starbucks lattes. Between the straw-free initiative and these summery new drinks, there’s a reason why Starbucks is the No. 1 coffee chain in America!


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.


Strawless 'sippy cups' are the new norm for Starbucks iced drinks in the US and Canada

Starbucks is making strawless "sippy cups" the norm for its iced drinks across the US and Canada to cut down on plastic waste.

The cups, styled after the ones Starbucks uses for its hot drinks, will be the default for most cold drinks, but customers will still be able to get straws on request.

Starbucks has tested the new cups across US, Canada, and China over the past year, but is now officially rolling them out.

The new lids are both strawless and recyclable. They are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic widely recyclable across the US and Canada. Straws cannot be recycled because of their size.

The new cups also contain 9% less plastic than the previous flat lid and straw.

Both company-operated and licensed stores will use the new cups for iced coffee, tea, espresso, and Refreshers.

The coffee chain will continue to serve iced drinks with whipped cream, such as frappuccinos, in cups with domed lids and a plastic straw.

Starbucks first announced plans for the strawless cups in 2018, when it said it would stop using single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The company also plans to halve the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 2030.

Starbucks first got rid of plastic straws in Korea in 2018, where it introduced strawless lids and paper straws. These paper straws were introduced across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The company said it will continue testing more plastic straw alternatives over the next year, and hopes to roll out both these and the strawless lids in more countries.