‘Plastic Problem’ has engulfed the earth and guess who is responsible for it,                                                     

Obviously us, the thoughtful and caring humans inhabiting the planet!

 

Many giant food corporations like Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Burger King all over the world are substantial users of plastic products and also, considerable participants contributing to waste production. Plastic products degrade our environment as it is a tedious task to recycle or dispose of these products, hence, they often end up in landfills or oceans.

Plastic straw, a universal accessory for chilly summer drinks and sugary soft drinks, has been dropping out of support lately, faced with a developing reaction over its impact on the earth. If we break down the components we see, that plastic straws are made of polypropylene, a recyclable plastic, but most recyclers won’t accept them. It is computed that approximately 175 million straws are used and then thrown away every day.

 

 

Starbucks, among many other major companies, has decided to cut back on waste and phase out the use of plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores located globally by 2020.  The Coffee giant believes that this change will help to eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws globally per year, most of which ends up in landfills and the ocean.

Starbucks earned $22.4 billion in yearly income a year ago, making it one of the biggest organizations to declare that it would kill the use of plastic straws.

Starbucks has settled on an alternative option to the use of plastic straws- ‘adult sippy cup lid’. The cups will have a lid that features a raised lip, which will be fully recyclable.  A few beverages will keep on having straws, including Frappuccinos, however, those straws will be made with either compostable plastic or paper.

 

This reform is a part of Starbucks’ commitment to expanding the use of recyclable materials in their drinks. Seattle and Vancouver, Canada will fill in as early test centres for Starbucks as they plan to eliminate plastic straw use from stores by this fall. By 2020, all 28,000 Starbucks stores located globally will phase out the use of plastic straws.

“Plastic straws are pretty small and lightweight, so when they’re going through the mechanical sorter, they’re often lost or diverted, It takes about 200 years for polypropylene plastic straws to break down under normal environmental conditions,” said Sam Athey, a plastics pollution researcher and member of the Plastic Ocean Project.

 

Though straws are only a small component adding to the overall plastic problem, they are an easy target since straws are not essentially required to consume a beverage.

While terminating the use of plastic straws universally doesn’t take care of the substantially bigger plastic issue, but environmentalists trust that it will kick off other people’s endeavours in wiping out other single-utilize plastics from their life. Which proves to be true, as different organizations including food service operator Bon Appetit Management, Alaska Airlines, Ikea, and SeaWorld have effectively prohibited plastic straws, and McDonald’s is at present testing a non-plastic alternative.

This move initiated by the Coffee Giant-Starbucks is widely welcomed by everyone and is regarded as a move that will transform the habits of modern food chains globally and make them work in a manner which is in favour of the environment.