The only cold beverage that will not use the lid is the Frappuccino, which will instead be served with a straw made from paper or PLA compostable plastic.
The store will automatically offer cold drinks with the new sipping lid, but for "frappuccinos", a coffee mixed with ice, the store will offer paper straws or ones made of a compostable plastic based on fermented plant starch.
"Starbucks' decision to phase out single-use plastic straws is a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic". 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.
Local government officials across the country are considering banning plastic straws, and some Charlottesville businesses have gotten a head start.
That's right all plastic straws will be completely eliminated from Starbucks stores very soon, the company wants to get rid of them all by the year 2020.
Fueling the movement is increased consumer environmentalism and concern about the many straws that end up polluting oceans and waterways. While this lid will still be made of plastic, it will be fully recyclable (straws aren't!).
The move echoes a trend of companies and cities attempting to move away from single-use plastic straws, which can be detrimental to the environment and take an estimated 450 years to decompose. The new designs have drawn comparisons to an adult "sippy cup".
This fall, Starbucks is offering something new to its Vancouver customers.
McDonald's also 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. Coffee drinkers who prefer straws for other beverages can request the new eco-friendly versions.
"This move is an answer to our own partners about what we can do to reduce the need for straws", said Colleen Chapman, vice president of Starbucks global social impact overseeing sustainability.