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Starbucks To Ban Plastic Straws In ALL Its Stores Across The World

It’s a win for the environment – but surprisingly, some netizens are criticizing the decision!

In an effort to help reduce plastic pollution, Starbucks has officially announced that they are planning to ban plastic straws from all their stores across the world by 2020. It is estimated that the move will eliminate at least 1 billion of straws each year from the popular coffee chain’s over 28,000 branches.

Instead, Starbucks will be using “plastic lids designed for use without a straw or with non-plastic straws,” a BBC report tells us. So far, reactions have been mixed about the company’s initiative.

A big win for the environment.

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According to Starbucks Vice President Colleen Chapman:

“Not using a straw is the best thing we can do for the environment.”

Chapman further explained that the decision was influenced by both their partners and customers. Various organizations including the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program and the World Wildlife Fund have since commended the ban.

Ocean Conservancy’s Nicholas Mallos commented that it is “a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic”.

Starbuck’s planned straw ban has likewise gained criticism from the public.

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A Twitter netizen, for example, said “*Gets rid of plastic straw *Replaced with large plastic sipping lid.”

The company defended:

“Unlike cups or lids, recycling straws just isn’t possible because of their weight and size, despite the very best intentions.”

New straws made of alternative material will also be used in place of plastic straws.

Another asked “What about disabled people who rely on straws? I often can’t drink or eat without them” to which Starbucks replied:

“We will still offer a straw option in stores, made of an alternative material such as paper or compostable plastic. Customers will be able to request this straw if they prefer or need one, and it will come standard with Frappuccino blended beverages.”

In the past, we’ve heard heartbreaking reports of how plastic straws have negatively affected marine life such as when one sea turtle was found with plastic drinking straw lodged on its nostril.

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As it turns out, zodiac signs can tell you if you’re compatible with the person that you’re with right now. Here are 10 zodiac matches that will absolutely make the best couples.

1. Leo and Scorpio.

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Which door would you walk through?

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So what if your choice will actually reveal the type of person that you are? Like this test for example. Choose one door and see what it says about your personality.

Which door would you walk through?

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