As Twitchy reported a week ago, Seattle became the first major city to ban plastic straws, and failure to comply may result in a $250 fine, although city leaders say right now the ban is mostly about “raising awareness.”

Now, as opposition to plastic straws grows (or at least that’s Reuters’ claim in its headline), Seattle-based Starbucks has announced it will be phasing out plastic straws and plans to be rid of them entirely by 2020.

Starbucks announced in a press release that it has already “designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages.”

So you can hang out in Starbucks all day long and not buy anything, but you can’t have a straw. But aren’t the cups and lids still going to be made of plastic? Better yet, why not just close up shop? That would save electricity and cut down on automobile emissions too.

Chelsea Clinton’s pretty jazzed:

Others are not so excited by the news.

Apparently not, even after closing down for sensitivity training.

If anyone’s interested, Reason has a great piece called, “15 Times Major Media Outlets Used a Statistic about Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old.” Yep, 9-year-old Milo Cress got the Be Straw Free campaign rolling with some since-debunked research.


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