Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws in all stores by 2020

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The custom lids will also be introduced in the United Kingdom, just as the market expands its £0.05 (US$0.07) paper cup charge to 950 stores.

"Entourage" actor Adrian Grenier has focused his straw ire at Starbucks, telling the café chain to "stop sucking".

Earlier this year, Taiwan announced an ambitious plan to ban single-use plastic items like straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030. Unlike straws, the new lid can be recycled, the company said.

Starbucks' pushback against plastic has drawn a mixed reaction.

Still, those who support limiting plastic straws say they are generally unnecessary and a ban is good symbol.

"There's so many single-use plastics that could be targeted before straws which disabled people use to drink independently and with dignity". Right out of the gate, the bar and concert venue made a decision to offer paper straws instead of plastic ones.

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Some of the restaurants involved have chosen to keep straws on site on a request only basis, others have switched to paper straws, or have gotten rid of straws completely.

Other companies have also ditched or vowed to ditch plastic straws voluntarily before bans come into effect. The potential harm of ocean waste, particularly from plastic straws, drew widespread attention after a 2015 YouTube video of a sea turtle with a straw up its nostril went viral.

Since then, social media movements, such as #StopSucking have attracted the support of celebrities like Ellen Pompeo, Adrian Grenier and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them.

Of this figure, 6.3bn tonnes are now waste and 79% has accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.

According to Sustainable Coastlines, plastic straws make up two per cent of the oceans' pollution.

It's predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than marine life. McDonald's locations across England and Ireland will already be compliant should her proposal become law, as it says it will be replacing plastic straws with a paper alternative in their 1,300 of its stores by September. The ultimate fix to the world's plastic problem?

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