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Starbucks To Eliminate Plastic Straws In Its Stores By 2020

Starbucks' new iced coffee and tea beverages are displayed during a promotion July 2, 2003 outside a Starbucks coffee shop at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

Starbucks is to ban plastic straws from all of of its stores by 2020, amounting to the elimination of more than one billion plastic straws each year.

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life.

"Starbucks ('s) decision to phase out single-use plastic straws is a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic", said Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program.

Other communities across the country, including Sanibel Island, located in Florida, are also on the list of places considering a ban on these plastic products. And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world.

Starbucks will start the transition away from plastic straws in Seattle and in Vancouver in the fall, before launching a phased rollout in the U.S.in its fiscal 2019.

Starbucks is saying goodbye to its signature green plastic straws.

A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws.

The announcement comes a week after Seattle, where the coffee house is headquartered, became one of the first high-profile cities in the U.S.to ban straws.

"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", Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he said in a statement.

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020

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