Yesterday, ever-progressive Starbucks announced that it would phase out plastic straws across its 28k locations by 2020.
They’ll be replaced with a strawless lid, and straws made of paper and recyclable plastic, eliminating 1B straws per year.
Americans currently use 500m plastic straws a day, and scientists predict that the mass of ocean plastic will surpass marine life by 2050. So, the question is: Will this really make a dent?
Straw bans are trendy
The hashtag #stopsucking is backed by celebs like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Russell Crowe, and Chelsea Clinton. Organizations like the White Sox, Bon Appetit and Alaska Airlines have already committed to fight the terror of the tiny tubes.
(McDonald’s, one of the world’s biggest plastic straw buyers, has remained quiet on the issue).