Starbucks Bans Straws, Ends Up Using More Plastic
Article from Reason by Christian Britschgi.
The coffee giant says that by 2020 it hopes to have eliminated all single-use plastic straws at its 28,000 stores worldwide. It will now top all its cold drinks with fancy new strawless lids that the company currently serves with its cold brew nitro coffees. (Frappuccinos will still be served with a compostable or paper straw.)
The World Wildlife Fund and Ocean Conservancy both provided ebullient quotes for Starbucks’ press releases. Liberal magazine The New Republic praised the move as an “environmental milestone.” Slate hailed the Starbucks straw ban as evidence of as a victory for a bona fide anti-straw movement, one that would hopefully lead to bans of more things plastic in years to come.
Yet missing from this fanfare was the inconvenient fact that by ditching plastic straws, Starbucks will actually be increasing its plastic use. As it turns out, the new nitro lids that Starbucks is leaning on to replace straws are made up of more plastic than the company’s current lid/straw combination.
Right now, Starbucks patrons are topping most of their cold drinks with either 3.23 grams or 3.55 grams of plastic product, depending on whether they pair their lid with a small or large straw. The new nitro lids meanwhile weigh either 3.55 or 4.11 grams, depending again on lid size.
Read the entire article at Reason.
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Liberals always make things worse with their holier than you posturing.
It’s maybe just my opinion, but I don’t have a problem with eliminating plastic straws. Or anything else that is made of plastic for that matter.
I’m old enough to remember paper cups and straws and I believe that they are better for the environment because they are recyclable.
Can you imagine how much money that would save the American tax payers? Styrofoam cups takes 100 years to decompose. I say quite using so much petroleum based products all together.
The only reason we started using those products anyway was because the tree huggers complained about wood being used to make the paper based goods like cups, straws and grocery bags and they started making them out of plastic.
Now look at the mess we have!!!!
So they get rid of the strews, but they still have the plastic lined paper cups, the plastic lids and the plastic cup for their cold drinks and yet they are heroes, what a crock of S_it
Who is the absolute moron who came up with banning plastic straws?
Just use what we use in the future…straws made from beeswax-impregnated bamboo-paper.