Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced today, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so.
By redesigning cups and lids for cold drinks, the company will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws each year, it said. Starbucks will invest instead in biodegradable "alternative-material straw options."
Starbucks say that strawless lids will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso drinks. The new design has been described as like "sippy cups for adults".
Frappuccino drinks will be served with the new eco-friendly straws, but customers may request the other cups if they'd prefer no straw at all.
A spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that cold drinks now account for 50% of all Starbucks beverage sales, and "as customers show increased concern for the greater issue of waste, we know that what they’re drinking is as important as how they’re drinking it."