Starbucks Will Stop Distributing Plastic Straws by 2020

The brand says this will eliminate 1 billion plastic straws per year

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Following news that Seattle would ban restaurants from handing out plastic straws to customers, Starbucks has made a similar announcement today.

The brand aims to stop distributing single-use plastic straws across its 28,000 stores by 2020 in an effort to protect the environment. (Some estimate that at the rate we are going, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.)

“Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species,” Erin Simon, director of sustainability research and development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, U.S.,

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