Starbucks UAE will ban plastic straws by 2020
Starbucks is doing the right thing and getting rid of plastic straws.
The company announced Monday that by 2020, every single plastic straw will be phased out of use at Starbucks stores around the globe. That includes right here in the UAE.
The effort, which starts this fall in Seattle and Vancouver and spreads from there, is expected to keep 1 billion Starbucks-green straws out of the Earth's garbage dumps and oceans each year.
To replace straws, Starbucks will serve cold drinks in cups with special lids—dubbed "adult sippy cups" by the Internet—which it introduced back in 2016.
These lids can be recycled, unlike the straws. And for all those Starbucks addicts who still demand a straw to suck down their icy frapps, baristas will have paper and compostable plastic straws on hand. (Compostable plastic straws are not marine biodegradable.)
Getting rid of plastic straws will not save our oceans, environmentalists warn. But it will cut down on plastic pollution that kills marine life, and trash waste in general. Even more importantly, it's one of the easiest uses of plastic for us to give up, and once we do, we might want to rid more plastic from our lives. Call it a "gateway plastic."
In other environmentally friendly news, Starbucks' hometown Seattle just kicked off a city-wide ban on plastic straws, making it the first major U.S. city to do so. If this trend spreads (and hopefully, it will), we'll be drinking our iced coffees and diet pop with a little less guilt.