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Starbucks Is Ditching Straws (But You Can Bring Your Own)

Strawless lids at Starbucks

Lovers of Starbucks’ iced beverages are about to have a new way to sip. Those iconic green Starbucks straws are no more, and its strawless lids are the new normal in the U.S. and Canada.

The cafe announced a rollout of the lids throughout the country, explaining that straws would no longer be an option for their beverages. The brand decided to eliminate the drink accessory in an effort to shift away from single-use plastics. Now, when your order your iced coffee or iced tea, you’ll be given a recyclable strawless lid that the brand says has 9% less plastic than its former flat lid and straw combo.

Andy Corlett, director of global packaging solutions and innovations, says in a press release, “A recyclable, strawless lid becoming the standard for iced drinks is one small way we can give more than we take from the planet. This is a significant moment for Starbucks as we work to reduce waste and safeguard the environment.”

If, however, you already know you’ll miss those straws, you can always keep some reusable stainless steel straws in your bag, ready for your next iced coffee fix. And if you’re not sure Starbucks can be the same without the green straw, you can always grab these green straws instead.

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