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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.



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In order to protect the environment, in July this year, Starbucks announced that by 2020, 28,000 stores worldwide will completely ban plastic straws. The fast food chain giant McDonald's also announced that it will pilot a program to reduce straws in some restaurants in Beijing.

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The reporter learned that in order to encourage consumers to reduce the use of straws, McDonald's China has started pilot pipe reduction programs in 10 restaurants in Beijing from today (November 1). Some of the restaurants tested “smoke-free cup lids” and other restaurants did not take the initiative. Provide a straw. 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.

As we all know, the material of the straw is plastic, and the recycling of plastic garbage is slow and the utilization rate is low, which has a negative impact on the world's ecological environment. In June of this year, National Geographic magazine, the photographer pointed the camera at the ocean polluted by plastics and the marine life that was struggling. A real photo is amazing.

Environmental organizations that do not have a straw ocean also say that most plastic straws are too light to pass through industrial recycling sorters and may damage other recycling operations; eventually these straws enter the ocean. The organization estimates that 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have plastic in their stomachs.



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The reporter noted that in fact, in August and September this year, McDonald's stopped using plastic straws in restaurants in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland and changed to paper straws. According to the plan, the test of paper tube by McDonald's in Belgium has also been completed. The United States, France, Sweden, Norway and other places are expected to start the test at the end of the year.

In addition, in some foreign restaurants, McDonald's also tested cup recycling, one of the means is to set up a sorting bin to distinguish between liquids, plastics, paper cups and other garbage.

Starbucks: banned plastic straws in 2020

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, 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 Disabled!



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.

The Daily Economics reporter noted that these new cups, 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."



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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.

Seattle, California issued a "ban on plastics"

The reporter also noticed that the week before the release of Starbucks’ “Bonding Order”, Starbucks’ headquarters in Seattle officially imposed a ban on the use of plastic straws, cutlery and stir bars for catering companies!

From July 1 this year, drinks sold in Seattle will no longer be equipped with straws, unless the consumer asks, in this case, consumers will get a degradable straw. Degradable paper straws and plastic straws can still be used. In addition, people with medical needs can continue to use the straw without restrictions. If someone does not comply with this rule, they will face a fine of 250 US dollars (about 1743 yuan).

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In the middle of this year, New York State Senator Tony Avella also announced that he is drafting legislation prohibiting New York State companies from providing customers with disposable, non-biodegradable plastic straws. At the same time, 35 restaurants and bars in New York City have joined a campaign called “Give a Sip,” which advocates the use of paper straws or retractable straws to replace non-degradable plastic straws.

On September 20th, California Governor Brown also officially signed a bill banning California's Full-service restaurant to provide customers with disposable plastic straws unless the customer requests it. It is reported that this bill aims to reduce plastic pollution and will come into effect on January 1 next year. Brown said in a statement that plastic pollution will kill thousands of marine animals every year, and researchers have found 80 plastic bags in the stomach of dead whales that have been washed ashore in Thailand.

In fact, in addition to Seattle and California in the United States, many companies around the world have announced the abolition of plastic straws, including Starbucks and McDonald's, including Disney, Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Sea World Entertainment. And the Royal Caribbean.

Some netizens also said: In order to protect the environment, you must bring your own stainless steel straws out.