Starbucks vows to ditch straws by 2020

The coffee chain’s announcement follows Seattle banning single-use plastic straws and utensils. It’s the first major company to eliminate the straws from locations worldwide.

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Starbucks is going strawless in an effort to be more environmentally friendly.

On Monday, the coffee chain announced that it will phase out single-use plastic straws from all 28,000 locations around the world by 2020.

.@Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020

— Starbucks News (@Starbucksnews) July 9, 2018

The move, which Starbucks says will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws each year, will begin in Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, before rolling out to stores across the rest of the United States and Canada.

Starbucks’ announcement comes on the heels of a citywide ban on straws, as well. On July 1, Seattle became the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils.

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