The global "plastic storm" is coming!
Usually go to the tea shop to buy drinks, or go to Starbucks to buy a cup of coffee, straw has become an indispensable "tool" for our drinking.
However, most people may not realize the environmental damage caused by a large number of plastic straws. From the creatures in the rivers and lakes to the food and water that humans consume, plastic pollution has penetrated into every aspect of life.
McDonald's and Starbucks will abandon plastic straws!
In order to encourage consumers to reduce the use of straws, McDonald's China has piloted a straw reduction program at 10 restaurants in Beijing since November 1. Some of the restaurants have tested “smoke-free cup lids” and other restaurants do not actively provide straws. In the "sippy cup-free" restaurant, the lid of the drink was replaced. The straw can be inserted in the middle of the lid, but the new lid only has a suction port at the edge, and the customer can directly drink it without using a straw.
McDonald's China also announced in Beijing that from the end of this year to 2022, the company plans to open more than 1,800 green restaurants. By 2020, McDonald's China Paper Food Packaging will use 100% of the international forest certification base paper and reduce packaging materials. Starting this month, some McDonald's restaurants in Beijing will pilot a program to reduce straws. In addition to the fast-food giant McDonald's, Starbucks has introduced a similar policy in early July this year - it will phase out plastic straws within two years, and by 2020, more than 28,000 stores worldwide will be completely banned!
Starbucks said there is an alternative – for the average cold drink, they will be specially designed for the lid, through a fingertip-sized teardrop-shaped opening, allowing consumers to enjoy drinks without a straw. For Frappuccino, paper straws or recyclable plastic straws are used instead.
These new lids, 8,000 stores in the US and Canada have been used first, and other regions will be gradually replaced. Starbucks Packaging Purchasing Director Chris Milne said: “The plastic straws used today cannot be recycled, but our newly developed lids are recyclable. Our decision is more sustainable and socially responsible, while It has also set an example for other catering companies."
According to Starbucks official data, cold drinks have accounted for more than 50% of all Starbucks drinks. In other words, when Starbucks banned plastic straws in more than 28,000 stores worldwide in 2020, it would save 1 billion straws per year.