Many restaurant chains around the world are in the process of trying to become eco-friendly by intro introducing more recyclable options or by getting rid of things harmful to the environment.

Starbucks is the latest brand to jump on board with the idea of becoming more environmentally friendly.

Today the company announced that it is getting rid of plastic straws everywhere by a certain date. 

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That’s right all plastic straws will be completely eliminated from Starbucks stores very soon, the company wants to get rid of them all by the year 2020.

If you’re wondering if the company has some kind of replacement for straws the answer is they do.

Starbucks says that it has “designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages.” 

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The company also says that “alternative-material straws – including paper or compostable plastic – will be rolled-out for Frappuccino blended beverages, and available by request for customers who need a straw, pending successful pilots that are underway.” 

Vancouver will be the first Canadian city to have the new lids, starting in the fall of this year. 

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This announcement comes just one week after a whole host of other restaurants said they would also be getting rid of plastic straws soon, including The Keg, Swiss Chalet, Harvey's and Burger's Priest.  

So if you've been hoping that Starbucks would get rid of straws to help the environment, you've finally gotten your wish. 


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