Starbucks have recently come up with a creative straw-free solution for our take-away frappés. On top of their commitment to the complete ban of plastic straws in 2020, the Seattle born coffee giant has reintroduced the 'sippy lid' for cold take away cups.
This is great news given that Starbucks is now officially the largest food company in the world to ban plastic straws in all of its locations around the globe. They haven't totally given up straws as they will have earth-friendly alternatives for those who need or wish to use one.
Although good step in the right direction for Starbucks, the adult-upgraded sippy-lid is made out of plastic. Are we trading one plastic for another, or will this be added to a phase out as well? Environmentalists and consumers are praising the move. It is estimated that that the company will eliminate the use of 1 billion plastic straws from consumers in a year. Additionally, a 10 million dollar initiative has been set through the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge on the sourcing of a fully recyclable and compostable hot cup.
Which food giant do you think will join the list next? Is there a local restaurant or café that you would like to see go plastic-free? Tell us below in the comments section.