Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

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Starbucks - which has more than 28,000 stores and generated $22.4 billion in annual revenue past year - is the largest retailer to commit to eliminating single-use plastic straws.

It comes a week after Starbucks's U.S. hometown of Seattle banned single-use plastic straws and utensils at businesses that sell food or drinks in the city.

The strawless lid is available in more than 8,000 stores in the US and Canada for drinks such as nitro cold brew and cold foam cold brew coffee.

Starbucks' new iced coffee and tea beverages are displayed during a promotion July 2, 2003 outside a Starbucks coffee shop at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

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Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place. Straws, though, will still be available - made from paper or compostable plastic. Plastic straws never completely decompose and can be harmful, even fatal, to animals that ingest them.

Though plastic straws wont immediately be eliminated from Tampa Bays Starbucks locations, some local businesses have already begun their own environmental friendly initiatives.

"For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer for Starbucks, said in a statement.

A number of restaurants and private establishments also have taken measures to curb their use of plastic straws.

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In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020.

The UK government said that 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die each year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

Starbucks pledged to remove plastic straws from more than 28,000 stores by providing two types of straw alternatives: recyclable strawless lids and an alternative-material straw option for beverages like Frappuccinos.

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