Seattle is believed to be the first major US city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to the Seattle Public Utilities. Well, that would be by way of a new so-called "strawless lid", which will become standard for all iced coffee, tea, and espresso beverages, according to a news release. The move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year.
Replacing the item is an innovative new lid design by Starbucks' Global Research & Development engineer Emily Alexander. The new lids are already being used in more than 8,000 stores in North America for beverages such as draft nitro.
As momentum continues to build against the use of plastic straws, Starbucks said it is rolling out a lid with a teardrop shaped opening with a raised lip as an alternative. "As we partner with Starbucks in waste reduction initiatives. we hope others will follow in their footsteps".
The move could inspire a significant domino effect among other major retailers and local governments, encouraging them to follow suit. Customers who prefer or require a straw can request one made from the new sustainable material.
Starbucks is the latest corporate chain promising to ditch plastic straws because of the environmental threat to oceans.
Earlier this year, Starbucks committed $10 million over three years to help find an alternative to its ubiquitous hot beverage cups - its third such attempt in a decade - which are complicated to recycle due to their plastic liner.
The lid that is replacing the straws is also plastic, but is also recyclable. The company already offers alternative straws in Seattle.
Other cities, including Fort Myers Beach, Fla., have banned plastic straws, and similar proposals are being considered in NY and San Francisco. The burger chain said this year that it would use only recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025.
The custom lids will also be introduced in the United Kingdom, just as the market expands its £0.05 (US$0.07) paper cup charge to 950 stores.
Cravens Coffee owner Simon Thompson said the roastery's wholesale customers are approaching him about eco-friendly options for straws, including ones made by Indiana-based Aardvark Straws, which focuses on paper options.
Zsa Zsa , the floppy-tongued bulldog from Minnesota who won the World's Ugliest Dog contest just last month, has reportedly died. Zsa Zsa was about nine years old when she passed away, which is about the life expectancy for the breed.
Supreme Court is hearing a bunch of petitions challenging a 158-year-old colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex. Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the apex court, "We leave it to the wisdom of the court".
And Courtois has re-iterated the importance of being close to his children , though he has no problems with his life in London. Real Madrid are hot on the trail of Courtois, with Paris Saint Germain looking set to land Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon.
Speaking at the start of a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg , the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's secretary-general, Mr. The project is opposed by the US and some European Union members. 'I think its a very bad thing for NATO, ' Trump said.
Pakistan will now be heading into a five-match one day worldwide series against Zimbabwe , slated to begin from July 13. And it's safe to say Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is made of the same material that made Gilchirst what he was.
Harry Aubrey-Fletcher: He went to Ludgrove School and Eton with William and his father is the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. Guests were served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake.
They'll end their day and their official visit with a trip to the DogPatch Labs, a co-working space for technology start-ups. Harry and Meghan's engagements will include official meetings with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins.
The flak Sterling receives doesn't bother him as much anymore, in his own words, the youngster focussing on his duties instead. Sterling's pace did pose the Swedes issues throughout and Hurst admired the way he frequently got behind England's opponents.
The British agency said Facebook may have had a "missed opportunity" in 2014 to have thwarted Kogan's activities on the site. It also said it would send warning letters to 11 political parties to compel them to audit their data protection practices.
According to Corriere , Clooney was "hospitalized" after the incident and his condition is "confidential" but not serious. George Clooney has been rushed to hospital after his scooter collided with a vehicle in Sardinia , local media report .
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft was scheduled to investigate the disturbance Wednesday afternoon, if necessary. Meanwhile, Beryl's tropical wave is bringing gusty wind and some heavy rain to Hispaniola and the Tucks and Caicos.
Chinese authorities have insisted Liu Xia, who has not been formally charged of any crime, has been free to move as she wishes. China has been seeking to bolster its ties with the European Union amid a trade war with the United States.
Pogba dedicates win to rescued Thai team
The second semi will take place in Moscow's Luzhniki - also the venue for the final - on Wednesday evening. Statistically speaking, France had Belgium's number when it came to taking shots for most of the game.
Joaquin Phoenix Joker Movie Is Happening
Warner Bros has officially given the green light for a standalone Joker movie, with Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role. A release date hasn't yet been announced, but shooting will begin in September in NY .
31-under par! LPGA Young gun runs hot
Sei Young Kim has broken the previous 72-hole scoring record on the Tour, with a nine-shot win at the LPGA Classic in Wisconsin. The 25-year-old carded a seven-under-par 65 in the final round, after Thursday's 63, Friday's 65 and Saturday's 64.
Gary Neville 'stunned' by Ronaldo to Juventus transfer
Ronaldo, 33, explained his Juventus transfer in an open letter to Real Madrid fans that the club published on its website. He spent six seasons in England, winning three Premier League titles, one Champions League title and one FA Cup.
Kerber to face Ostapenko in Wimbledon semifinal
So what if she's still getting her game in gear? So what if Giorgi wouldn't seem to miss while moving out to that early lead? "No. I'm always striving for perfection. "But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'".