While Starbucks announced Monday its plans to end the use of straws, two Ottawa businesses are far ahead in bidding farewell to the small plastic pipes, which environmentalists say harm oceans.
Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life.
To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require them, to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from.
And therefore, in one of the company's first moves towards this goal, they have introduced a new cup for their cold brews.
While recycling straws is impractical, the company said, the new lid is made from polypropylene and will be more easily processed by recyclers.
"There are very rigid straws - ones made of different materials - metal, but they can be very inappropriate, they can be hard for people who need to drink from them and you can injure yourself on them". Thousands of Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada have already put the strawless lids to work, using them for the Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam.
Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids this fall, starting with locations in Seattle and Vancouver.
Actor an environmental advocate Adrian Grenier says he delivered a statement to Starbucks shareholders in March pleading for the company to adopt more environmentally-friendly policies. Just last week Seattle banned both plastic straws and utensils. Straws are lower-hanging fruit in the battle against plastic, but hopefully it provides the motivation Starbucks needs to keep fighting in all the ways that count.
The plastic straw is going the way of the Unicorn Frappuccino.
Straws will soon be a thing of the past.
That doesn't mean Starbucks is wrong to plan to ditch plastic straws by 2020: Research has proven that public awareness campaigns-when backed by science-guide overall behavior toward more sustainable consumption.
"I have one of these reusable cups because of the damage straws can do", Martincic said. Phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada will then follow. "As we partner with Starbucks in waste reduction initiatives. we hope others will follow in their footsteps".
Numerous advocacy groups, including Ocean Conservancy, welcomed the move.