"Adult Sippie Cups" - Starbucks Becomes First Major Chain To Abandon Plastic Straws

With California on the cusp of passing a bill that would prohibit restaurant servers from giving customers plastic straws unless requested, Starbucks revealed on Monday that it would become the first major American food-service chain to phase out plastic straws at all US locations, with the transition expected to be completed by 2020, according to CNN. The changes will help Starbucks eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year.

The new Starbucks straw-free cups

The city of Seattle, which fancies itself at the vanguard of progressive environmental causes, has already passed a similar ban on straws and plastic utensils, which took effect earlier this month. Activists have been pressuring businesses to abandon plastic straws because they purportedly contribute to the deaths of 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals each year, according to the UK government. As it stands, California's "straws on request" bill would impose a $1,000 fine on servers who violate it - though proponents of the law say the penalties will be removed from the bill at a later date.

Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program, praised Starbucks for its "shining example" of how companies can help fight ocean pollution, according to CNN

"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines," he said in a statement.

McDonald's said it would phase out plastic straws at its restaurants in the UK and Ireland after the UK government proposed banning them. But McDonald's shareholders voted down a proposal earlier this year asking for a report on plastic straws, NBC reported.


The push for banning straws gained momentum following the release of a viral video that showed rescuers removed a straw from the nose of a sea turtle.

The new "straw free" lid being rolled out by Starbucks, which will replace the flat plastic lids currently in use, have been compared to "adult sippie cups". Customers who still wish to use a straw will be able to request a new compostable straw (these straws haven't been widely adopted because they cost roughly 8 times more than plastic).


FireBrander Looney Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:34 Permalink

People are just slobs; amount of trash I see while out "in the woods" is sickening...even in "non regularly traveled" areas I find trash. 


Plastic is the worst...it's just there forever..at least paper fades away fast.

I'd support banning foam and plastic. If food joints used all paper products, then everything in their trash cans would be compostable. Our city collects compostables, turns them into mulch, has piles all over town...and you can take all you want for free. Read something a few years back where the rate that our landfill is filling has been slowed by ~50% due to recycling and composting.

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FireBrander toady Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:45 Permalink

Starbucks doesn't sell coffee, they sell SUGAR!

Some of their drinks are like straight up liquid sugar.


Starbucks - Caffe Mocha - Venti - 2% Milk - With Whipped Cream

54 grams of carbs with 42 grams of pure sugar!

410 CALORIES! That's 20-25% of a persons daily calorie need and it's nearly pure sugar!

...and we wonder why everyone is so fat...and why so many women are shaped like fire hydrants and guys look like bowling pins:)

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wolf pup Richard Chesler Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

I think Starbucks users should immediately lobby them for cribs. Baby cribs. Blankies and pacifiers.

It’s only fair. How can they enjoy Starbucks via sticky wooden or, God forbid, plastic chairs? Plastic tables. Plastic sippy cups; so excruciatingly painful to their psyches? 

Starbucks must choose the right thing.

Cribs for all. Lullaby Muzak and binkies. 

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Offthebeach voting machine Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:45 Permalink

We need, on prime time, "The National Social Justice Awards".  This ACTION by Starbucks is HEROIC!  They took on Big Plastic Straw, and WON! ( Kinda makes me teary . )

Social Justice WARRIOR Heros need to be recognized, and their Woke-ness spread through a Big big big with Hollywood Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon big big A-ish Hollywood Stars.  And, ponys.  Lots of ponys.

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Endgame Napoleon Offthebeach Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:41 Permalink

They need to be worrying about making their product great again, in addition to making it more affordable for Millennials and other broke caffeinated beverage consumers.

They should be raining down the cheaper ancillary items that add a little value to their pricey coffee, rather than rationing—WWII-style. 

We will see WWI-style recruitment posters as part of their decor, saying Uncle Sam Wants You to Sip, or It Is Not What You Can Suck For Your Country—It Is What You Can Sip

Instead of saving on straws, Starbucks needs to offer penny-pinching Millennials (& others) a million ways to save: 

  1. Come every day at lunch and get your choice of free syrup, free frothed milk, 10 straws in 10 different colors or every fifth cup free; 
  2. Bring more than two people with you, and all of you get a 20% reduction on your overall order; 
  3. Buy something other than coffee or a pastry and get a free cup of coffee; 
  4. Buy 30 cups of jo in a Starbucks coffee shop and get a free bag of coffee.

Millennials like bargains. They HAVE to like bargains; they cannot afford their rent.

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dchang0 freedommusic Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:54 Permalink

Re: "appearing to care"

Funny that no one mentioned that Starbucks cups and lids are thrown out in the trash in the billions (presumably each used straw went with exactly one cup and exactly one lid).

Starbucks MUST start using reusable stoneware mugs without lids to really be environmentally friendly. You bring your mug in, they fill it, you leave, just like with the disposable grocery bag ban. Just like with those reusable grocery bags, your mug can be disgustingly filthy because you never bother to wash it.

And stainless steel travel mugs are not as environmentally safe as stoneware/ceramic, so they're banned.

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Ali Tarpate toady Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:51 Permalink

> Who drinks coffee thru a straw?


American Peter Pans and Wendys drink their "lattes" (baby talk for caffe' latte")  through their sippie cups, while playing children's games on their phones. The Peter Pans are dressed like children, in short pants, a t-shirt and sneakers.


Caffe' latte is an Italian term, and in italy, this is what mothers give to their children, or else old geezers with ulcers are the only ones that drink it. Ask for a 'latte' in Italy, and you'll get a glass of milk.

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Laowei Gweilo FireBrander Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:57 Permalink

yeah, pretty much.

Starbucks and Seattle politics in general are annoying (anyone surprised the first cities to get this rollout are Seattle and Vancouver lol)...

but plastic straws do need to somehow be limited... I dislike bans but they should at least involve an additional charge...

if you disagree, go spend some time on the Pacific coast more... some of the coastline is just absolutely disgusting... 

and seriously, i'm far from an enviro guy... fuck electric cars i'll drive a V8 or bigger for life.

but humans clearly can't be trusted with plastic bags and plastic straws lol the shit we've done to our coast is pretty sad.

that said, I want to fucking use a straw sometimes... but I'd gladly pay an extra 10 or 20 cents if somehow that went to plastic clean-up or recycling. 

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FireBrander Laowei Gweilo Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:13 Permalink

Electric cars have their niche...if your daily commute includes spending a lot of time in sitting still in traffic, then electric may be a good option.

My gripe with electric cars is everyone is trying to build technological marvels...the world doesn't need ~$40k+ electric cars...an ~$18k basic commuter car would find a much bigger market.

And pure electric is just not practical. A sensible, economy car for the masses would be one with a ~100 mile battery range and a small gas motor to drive an alternator for electric heat and to run a compressor for the AC...it could also charge the battery while providing heat/AC. Am I nuts on this?

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prymythirdeye FireBrander Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:53 Permalink

WRONG!  Its a technology to pacify retards who'll believe anything.  Any thinking being understands we should have advanced far beyond the combustion engine by now.  However there is a conspiracy to keep oil relevant because a few people make A LOT of money from it and have for a very long time now.  We should be using hydrogen, vegetable oil, water, sunlight or a myriad of other technologies but instead we are taxing our electrical grid to it's max.

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Solosides FireBrander Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:39 Permalink

One day I walked Alki Beach in Seattle at 6 in the morning on a Wednesday during the summer. The entire fucking beach looked like the aftermath of a college frat party. The city had a garbage truck with cleaning crew there so that the goyim wage-slaves could trash the beach again that night.

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ali-ali-al-qomfri Stan522 Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

this ties in with gun control, oh yah.

I learned how to track and target using spitballs, spit wads etc.

A nice thick wet glob on the chalk board, very satisfying indeed. In fact it made me the accurate shooter I am today.

millions of kids will grow up lacking basic targeting skills, another forgotten skill tossed into the trash heap.

The NRA better get ahead of this..

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dot.dot FireBrander Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:06 Permalink

That makes sense.  I am land-locked too.  However, I understand many places (even ion the US) still load garbage onto barges and dump it at sea.  I understand NJ & NYC do this even today.  Seems hypocritical.

I not an environmentalist, but I do believe in common sense stuff like not littering, dumping used motor oil, and not dumping garbage into the ocean.

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