But the strawless version of the Starbucks cup won’t affect all drinks.
Mixed drinks, including Frappuccini and other drinks with whipped cream, will still come with a domed lid and straw included. Of course, except where plastic straws are prohibited by local law. And in those cases straws with alternative materials will be used.
Straw-free lids are expected to be fully adopted in company-operated and licensed Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada by the end of the month. The lids contain approximately 9% less plastic than Starbucks̵
“Recyclable, straw-free lids for customers in the United States and Canada are another step on our journey to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Michael Kobori, head of sustainability at Starbucks. “As we approach our 2030 target of a 50% reduction in landfill waste, Starbucks’ long history of innovation, industry-wide partnership and changing consumer behavior remain critical to the our purpose and our prosperity as an organization. “
Starbucks’ plastic straws arrive as the coffee giant continues its sustainability efforts to eliminate “landfill packaging and plastic” in favor of more recyclable materials for their drinks.
As Starbucks continues to produce a greener, recyclable cup solution for its more than 29,800 stores, the company views its national launch of straw-free lids as a “significant milestone” in making Starbucks a “resource-positive company” .