The company said it is the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a commitment-a decision that will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year from its stores.
"Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages", the company said in a news release. McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May, although it recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some US locations. Last week, Seattle became the latest city to ban plastic utensils and straws.
Starbucks said the conversion will be complete by 2020. "Metal straws can be risky for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's whereas reusable plastic straws present hygiene concerns to people with specific health conditions".
Starbucks said the new strawless lids will first be implemented in Seattle and Vancouver in the third quarter of this year.
To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require them, to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them.
Local government officials across the country are considering banning plastic straws, and some Charlottesville businesses have gotten a head start.
The strawless lid, which features a raised lip, is already available in more than 8,000 stores in the USA and Canada for select beverages.
The effort to reduce waste is part of a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund's Cascading Materials Vision program, the statement said.
Again upsetting the odds, Sweden edged out Italy 1-0 over the two-legged play-off to secure their place in Russian Federation . That, though, could well take longer than extra-time and penalties... not to mention being far more stressful.
Sources close to Cohen have slowly begun telling the media that the president's former attorney is ready to flip on his ex-boss. My quote is not evidence of a crime, it's a factual basis for the investigation.
A faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week. A tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Beryl on Thursday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said .
During this process, rescuers need to hold the boys' oxygen tanks in front of them and swim pencil-like through submerged holes. However, even after their ordeal is over, the children could still suffer post traumatic stress disorder, experts have warned.
Lukaku dropped into midfield and fed de Bruyne, who smashed home an unstoppable strike from the edge of the penalty area. They paid an immediate price when Fernandinho nodded Eden Hazard's corner into his own net unpressured after 13 minutes.
The Croats hadn't advanced to the semifinals at the World Cup since 1998, when the country made its first appearance. Croatia's president asked Medvedev to convey her greetings to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later with horrific internal injuries, and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital. The woman was raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 in a running bus in south Delhi by six persons.
They were all on a list of 25 names that were vetted by the conservative groups Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. Republicans in the Senate need to be completely united on the pick, because of the delicate nature of their majority.
He declared for the National Basketball Association after his sophomore campaign, getting drafted by the NBA's Sacramento Kings. After two years at UCLA (2009-11), Honeycutt was selected 35th overall in the 2011 Draft by the Sacramento Kings .
Livescore: Result of Russian Federation vs Croatia
Much of the build-up to the quarter-final match has centred on the iconic 1998 team as the present meets the past. Croatia are also just the second team to advance through two back-to-back World Cup knockout games after trailing.
Brazil's World Cup defeat hits home in Lebanon
Remarkably, all three of the soccer superpowers, who have won 11 World Cups between them, bowed out of the tournament at the Kazan Arena. "He demands a lot of me because he knows I have the potential to do big things".
Hurricane Beryl Is Tiny, Unpredictable
The depression was forecast to become a tropical storm on Saturday, with gradual strengthening expected through Monday . The National Hurricane Center is giving this system an 80 percent chance for development through the weekend.