Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

It's Official, Starbucks Canada Is Banning Straws

Winner: the environment. Loser: you.
Senior Editor
It's Official, Starbucks Canada Is Banning Straws

Following a global trend that picked up when the UK banned single-use plastic this past spring, Starbucks announced today that it will eliminate its plastic straws worldwide by 2020.   

ALSO READ: Update: The U.S. Refuses To Stop Invading Canadian Waters

If this past week in Montreal has proved anything, it's that the environment is in critical condition. The brutal heatwave killed over fifty people across southern Quebec and called attention to ever-increasing average global temperature.

The elimination of straws probably won't directly address extreme heat, of course, but the move will go a long way toward decreasing the flow of plastic into the world's oceans. Not recyclable and a choking hazard, seemingly innocuous straws can be deadly to the unsuspecting sea creature.

Starbucks will replace straws for cold drinks with special lids. Many locations began giving out the lids last week. The one problem: the lids tend to spill their contents. With just a small lip between your coffee and your white work shirt, the new caps can be a hazard for the business person on-the-go.

Nevertheless, this latest news is huge. Starbucks is the largest chain to date to institute a straw ban. Hopefully, other large beverage companies will hop on the band wagon soon.

Plastic free consumption is here to stay. After the city of Montreal banned single-use plastic bags, perhaps straws will be the next to follow.

Stay tuned.

Source

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.

Loading...