Starbucks to phase out plastic straws as opposition to them grows


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) said on Monday it will begin phasing out use of plastic straws at its restaurants by 2020, giving environmentalists a sizeable victory in their campaign to convince restaurants to abandon plastic utensils.

The Seattle-based chain said it would eliminate single-use plastic straws globally at its 28,000 locations. The straws will be replaced by new recyclable strawless lids and alternative material straws.

Its announcement came just days after its hometown of Seattle barred plastic straws and utensils at restaurants, amid a broader global push…



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