Starbucks announced that it will eliminate plastic straws from all stores by 2020—a move that will prevent more than one billion straws from going into landfills per year.
While this is great news for the environment—half of all plastics produced every year are single use—it also leaves many of us wondering how it'll impact our order. The short answer? Not very much. Iced coffee will be served in a new cup that Money likens to an "adult sippy cup," dome-lid drinks like frappuccinos will come with paper or compostable plastic straws, and hot beverages remain unchanged.
It's worth noting that Starbucks hasn't completely eliminated single-use plastic. Coffee cup lids and plastic iced beverage cups will still be sold, which are not biodegradable and contribute to landfills.
If you want to take helping the environment a step further, then consider investing in the reusable straws and cups below to cut your use of plastic altogether.
This genius metal straw folds up into a portable case that fits in your purse or pocket.
Prefer clear straws? Swap plastic for glass with these elevated straws from CB2.
These copper straws each have a different engraving.
This set contains six silicone straws, two stainless steel straws, and three cleaning brushes.
Although still single-use products, these white paper straws are 100% biodegradable.
This travel thermos is by Japanese label Kinto.
This handy glass-and-cork portable cup comes in multiple sizes for all coffee orders.
MiiR's insulated cup keeps coffee ice cold or boiling hot for hours.
This Corkcicle travel thermos has a handy lid and comes in multiple colors.
Love S'well's water bottles? The cult brand also does cups.