The next time you get an iced drink from Starbucks you may notice something quite different. The coffee giant will be phasing out plastic straws in all of it's more than 28,000 locations around the world. They will replace the straws with a cup that may remind some of their childhood, like very early childhood.
They are introducing adult Sippy Cups.
Starbucks isn't officially calling their new sippy cups of course. In reality, they just redesigned the lid for their ice drink cups. The lid is now designed with a raised spout for sipping. The lid is also 100% recyclable unlike the old straws.
Joining a growing horde of brands, chains, and entire cities that have eliminated or banned plastic straws in an effort to cut down on plastic pollution in the ocean, Starbucks announced on Monday that it will be phasing them out entirely from all locations by 2020. They will still have straws available for their Frappuccinos and to anyone who requests one, but they will be made out of alternative materials like paper and compostable plastic.
Starbucks also announced on Monday that it's permanently adding two new cold beverages to its menu: a Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew (cold brew with a hint of caramel and topped with salted cream Cold Foam) and an Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte (vanilla bean and Coconutmilk shaken with ice with espresso poured on top).
The phasing out will begin starting this fall in Seattle and Vancouver, and eventually expand to other markets.