Starbucks turned to paper straws

A petition calling for Starbucks to refuse plastic straws has collected more than 68 thousand signatures. Starbucks begins to look at alternative solutions in order to abandon plastic straws used in UK coffee houses. The company is already testing the public's reaction to paper straws and products from biodegradable plastic. The announcement was made after an employee of Starbucks launched a petition calling on the employer to stop using plastic straws.

Stephanie Muttillo from New Jersey said that the coffee shop network has to take part in solving the plastic problem. "I would like to see how Starbucks, the company I work for, helps to reduce the negative impact of mankind on the planet. Plastic straw are too easy to process, and often made of the same plastic as polystyrene, that is not subject to recycling. While there are many alternatives to plastic straws. Many companies have already started using paper or biodegradable items"- she explained.

The Internet petition has already gained more than 68 thousand signatures. The innovation will begin to operate in May and will be launched in 54 coffee houses in London and Manchester. In addition to this announcement, Starbucks representatives reported on the results of the first 6 weeks of a three-month experience of switching to refillable cups. In 35 coffee shops a fee of 5 cents was added for a paper cup, and additional incomes would go to charity in the sphere of ecology. Buyers using reusable cups would receive discount of 25 cents.

The results of this experiment showed that the use of reusable cups increased by more than 150%. Starbucks will not be the first company to abandon plastic straws. Before, such announcements have already been made by McDonald's, Wetherspoons and Wagamama. But it is interesting that the announcement was made on the same day when more than 40 of the largest British companies signed the UK Plastics Pact, agreeing to make all used plastic recyclable, reusable or biodegradable by 2025. In the light of the rejection of plastic straws, other activists, such as Michaela Hollуwood, who suffer from spinal muscular atrophy, called for not abandoning the straws at all, pointing out that many people with disabilities rely solely on them when they drink.

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