Global coffee monolith Starbucks announced Monday that by 2020, it will no longer offer plastic straws at any of its stores.
By redesigning cups and lids for cold drinks, the company will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws each year, it said. Starbucks will invest instead in biodegradable "alternative-material straw options."
Plastic straws often end up in the world's oceans, where they endanger aquatic animals like turtles and contribute to pollution. Studies estimate that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean when measured by weight by 2050.
According to Starbucks, strawless lids will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea, and espresso drinks. Some observers have compared them to "adult sippy cups," since both feature a raised plastic lip for drinking.