Starbucks is permanently replacing straws with strawless lids in North America
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Starbucks is trying to reduce its carbon footprint and one of the things they've been trialing as part of their attempt to ditch plastic is replacing the traditional lid + straw combination with strawless lids. They had a test run for about a year and due to the success of the test, they've now decided to make this solution permanent.
The new lightweight, recyclable strawless lid will be available across the US and Canada and Michael Kobori, chief sustainability officer at Starbucks, said this is "another step in our journey to reduce our environment footprint as we move closer toward our 2030 target of 50 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills".
The new strawless lid was designed and produced by Starbucks. It's made from polypropylene, it contains around 9 % less plastic than the flat lid and it is also, more to the point, much easier to recycle because unlike straws, it meets the Association of Plastic Recyclers design guidelines for recyclability.
The company began developing and testing a variety of prototypes that preceded the final version they have been testing in North America for about a year. Furthermore, the lid design varies to match the type of beverage. The lid used for Nitro, Nitro Cold Brew and Cold Foam drinks, for example, is slightly wider and tear-drop shaped whereas the lid they've been using for Frappuccino and other drinks with whipped cream is domed.
The strawless lid was introduced in 2019 in Canada, the US and China but it's still not available in Europe and the UK because Starbucks is using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper straws for these markets. The goal is to replace plastic straws and then get rid of them altogether across the globe and during this transitional period, straws will still remain available in stores upon request.