•   
  •   

Money Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

07:00  10 july  2018
07:00  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Iguana drama: Viral video shows dueling lizards in Starbucks parking lot

  Iguana drama: Viral video shows dueling lizards in Starbucks parking lot A dramatic video showing two iguanas battling it out in a Starbucks parking lot has gone viral. The video, which was posted to Facebook by Shannon Moskoff, has created plenty of internet buzz. The Palm Beach Post reports that the iguanas were spotted in a Starbucks parking lot in Boca Raton, Fl.Moskoff told Fox News that she saw the lizards in an area at the intersection of Glades Rd and U.S. At the start of the video one of the iguanas has it jaws clamped around the other’s head, stunning Moskoff and her friend, who were watching from a car.“They are eating each other!” exclaims one of the women.

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans . The coffee chain becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder .

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans . The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder .

(Provided by Reuters)

NEW YORK — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced Monday, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls for businesses and cities to cut waste grow louder.

While the straws account for a small percentage of the pollution that ends up in the ocean, they've become a flashpoint because they're seen as an easy way to reduce waste.

"All-Time High" Threat To PM, Agencies Advise Against Road Shows: Sources

  "All-Time High" Threat To PM, Agencies Advise Against Road Shows: SourcesSources say PM Modi, who is the main campaigner for the ruling BJP in the lead-up to a series of state elections and the 2019 national polls, has been advised to cut down on road shows.

Starbucks , citing the environment threat to oceans , will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years. Starbucks Coffee Co. estimates the switch will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws a year.

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans . The coffee chain becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder.

"There are several of these single-use items the public is realizing, hey, we don't actually need these," said Denise Hardesty, a scientist with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation who studies plastic pollution.

A week after its hometown of Seattle banned plastic drinking straws and utensils, Starbucks said Monday that by 2020, it will use straws made from biodegradable materials such as paper and specially designed lids. The company already offers alternative straws in Seattle.

A photo illustration shows a Starbucks plastic cup on July 9, 2018 in Washington,DC. - Starbucks announced July 9, 2018 that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. (Photo by Douglas CURRAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty A photo illustration shows a Starbucks plastic cup on July 9, 2018 in Washington,DC. - Starbucks announced July 9, 2018 that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. (Photo by Douglas CURRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Straws often become trash because their small size makes them difficult to recycle.

Teenage girls arrested after ambulance crews ‘met with barrage of bricks’

  Teenage girls arrested after ambulance crews ‘met with barrage of bricks’ Staff were attacked as they responded to a 999 call in Eastleigh, Hampshire. “Staff in the two vehicles that arrived at the property were met with a barrage of bricks, glass, plastic tables and chairs and other items which were being thrown at them from the upstairs windows of the property.“The staff immediately requested assistance from Hampshire police who were required to help gain access to the property where it was confirmed there was no patient inside.

SEATTLE (AP) - Starbucks , citing the environment threat to oceans , will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.

SEATTLE (AP) - Starbucks , citing the environment threat to oceans , will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.

Other cities, like Fort Myers Beach in Florida, have banned plastic straws, and similar proposals are being considered in New York and San Francisco. The push to ban the straws gained traction after a viral video in 2015 showed rescuers removing a straw from a sea turtle's nose in graphic detail.

The issue of waste more broadly is coming up in company boardrooms.

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

SAUSALITO, CA - JULY 09:  A new flat plastic lid that does not need a straw is shown on a cup of Starbucks iced tea on July 9, 2018 in Sausalito, California. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. Some of its drinnk cups will be fitted with special flat plastic lids that can be used without straws.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) © Getty SAUSALITO, CA - JULY 09: A new flat plastic lid that does not need a straw is shown on a cup of Starbucks iced tea on July 9, 2018 in Sausalito, California. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. Some of its drinnk cups will be fitted with special flat plastic lids that can be used without straws. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

McDonald's said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year and test alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. locations. The burger chain also said this year it would use only recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025.

Project bids to tackle puffin population mystery

  Project bids to tackle puffin population mystery Work is under way to root out the cause of a worrying decline in the global population of puffins. While the beloved birds are thriving in parts of the UK, including the remote Skomer Island off the coast of Pembrokeshire, elsewhere their numbers are on the wane.In Iceland, for example, there are 25% fewer puffins than there were in 2002. © Sky News Screen Grab Seabird scientist Annette Fayet Conservationists are keen to find out why that is and research partly funded by Sky Ocean Rescue is hoping to get to the bottom of it.

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks , citing the environment threat to oceans , will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so.

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores globally by 2020, in a nod to the growing push for businesses to be more environmentally friendly. Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life.

Plastic drinking straws make up only about 4 percent of plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight. Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the nearly 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in waters around the globe each year.

Still, the advocacy group 5 Gyres notes that the top five biggest sources of single-use plastic are plastic bags, water bottles, to-go containers, to-go cups and straws.

Other plastic items have also been targeted in recent years.

FILE - This March 24, 2018, file photo shows a sign in a Starbucks in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws at its locations around the world. The coffee company said Monday, July 9, 2018, that it’ll offer a strawless lid or straws made of paper or compostable material instead. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This March 24, 2018, file photo shows a sign in a Starbucks in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws at its locations around the world. The coffee company said Monday, July 9, 2018, that it’ll offer a strawless lid or straws made of paper or compostable material instead. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Several local governments have enacted bans and fees on plastic bags. Reusable water bottles have also gained popularity as a way to reduce use of plastic water bottles, with refilling water stations popping up on college campuses and elsewhere.

Starbucks announces move to ditch plastic straws by 2020

  Starbucks announces move to ditch plastic straws by 2020 The firm said the move will eliminate the use of more than one billion plastic straws per year.The company becomes the largest food and drink company operating globally to do so, citing the environmental threat to oceans.

The company cited the environmental threat to oceans posed by the single-use products as its motivating factor to accomplish this goal by 2020. The switch is expected to eliminate the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws each year, according to estimates by Starbucks Coffee Co.

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life. Some governments have begun banning them. Starbucks will start rolling out strawless lids for all drinks in the fall. Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place.

One reason big chains say it will take time to change practices may be the difficulty in securing adequate supplies. Imperial Dade, a food service and janitorial supplies distributor based in New Jersey, says it's seen a huge spike in demand for alternative straws in recent months.

"Our biggest challenge is trying to locate alternative sources so we can satisfy the demand," said Laura Craven, the company's director of marketing.

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09:  A plastic straw is seen in a Starbucks drink on July 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020.  (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) © Getty MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: A plastic straw is seen in a Starbucks drink on July 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Craven also said she's starting to see more awareness about the need for exemptions for straws that bend, which people with disabilities and others may need. Starbucks says it expects an alternative it has to work in that regard.

The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada next year. A global rollout of strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe, where they will be used in some stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.

Surgeon 'Dr Bumbum' held after patient death .
Police in Brazil have arrested a celebrity plastic surgeon who went on the run after one of his patients died following an operation at his home. Denis Furtado, known as Dr Bumbum amassed 650,000 Instagram followers by posting pictures of his work, with the 45-year-old renowned in his home country for "performing magic" on women's bodies - notably their bottoms.But he went on the run following the death of Lilian Quezia Calixto, who underwent a procedure for the enhancement to her buttocks at his lavish apartment in the swanky neighbourhood of Barra de Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!