It may sound unbelievable, but we have flooded our planet with plastic so badly that experts believe plastic trash will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050. If this trend continues, our kids won’t have a chance to live on a clean and safe planet. Luckily, responsible businesses and individuals who can’t just stand on the sidelines and keep silent are developing and applying ground-breaking technologies that are helping us use less plastic and make the earth cleaner.
Plastic straws are one of the major ocean pollutants that pose a huge threat to marine life. Quite a few big companies have already set a goal to get rid of them, and one of the leaders of this movement is Starbucks. The company plans to phase out all the plastic straws used in its stores by 2020, which will prevent more than one billion of them from ending up in landfills and oceans every year.
So, what eco-friendly substitutes does Starbucks offer to its customers? For drinks that require straws the company has developed a cup with a raised lid you can drink from. For those of us who still want to enjoy our drink with the help of a straw, the company offers green substitutes in the form of paper and compostable straws, and even cookie straws that you can eat after finishing your drink.