Tourism

Caffeine addicts rejoice: Starbucks is banning plastic straws!

Let’s face the facts, people: We’ve all been guilty of hitting up a  Starbucks while travelling overseas.

Sometimes you just need that sweet sweet caffeine to get you through a big day of sightseeing. That and they’re bloody everywhere and it’s difficult to miss them.

Well, you can have your guilty little beverages now with a little less guilt because the monster coffee chain announced earlier this week that it will eliminate plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020!

CNN Money reports the straw ban will stop one billion plastic straws per year from polluting our environment and oceans.

Starbucks will facilitate the ban by transitioning to a new design that has been labelled as an “adult sippy cup”.

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According to Starbucks, that lid is recyclable. Don’t worry, we were also puzzled as to why they were swapping one piece of plastic for a slightly different piece of plastic.

You still get a straw with your frappuccino, but now they will be made of paper or compostable plastic. If you NEED a straw in other beverages, you can request one of the eco-friendly options.

The straw elimination is part of Starbucks’ $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world.

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