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Starbucks to Switch to Strawless Lids Before September Ends

September 12, 2020

Photo by AP Photo Nardus Engelbrecht

Starbucks says they're switching over to strawless lids for select drinks by the end of September in the U.S. and Canada, according to People. The move "is another step in our journey to reduce our environmental footprint," says Michael Kobori, chief sustainability officer at Starbucks. Strawless lids will be used for all tea, iced coffee, espresso and Starbucks Refreshers beverages and will resemble the classic hot coffee lids. Blended drinks, like Frappuccinos, will still have a circular lid and straw unless prohibited by local law. The new lids have about nine percent less plastic than the straw and lids previously used. Not only that, but they're made of polypropylene, a plastic which can be recycled. "This is a significant moment for Starbucks as we work to reduce waste and safeguard the environment," says Andy Corlett, director of global packaging solutions and innovations.