The Ban on Straws

This past Summer, Starbucks announced they are planning to get rid of their use of straws by 2020. Although they project to have this done by 2020, they have already been starting to cut down on straws with their new cold cup lids and some stores only giving straws out when asked to. Starbucks was the first large company to take this initiative and it has sprung into a great thing.

Ever since their announcement, I have noticed some changes. I realized a few people in my classes have aluminum straws, I notice people in coffee shops with iced drinks not using lids and straws and see them drinking their iced coffee by sipping it. I really noticed it when I ordered an iced coffee in the loop on the 11th floor and the lady making it said they don’t give out straws unless asked for and that they only use biodegradable ones. It seems that DePaul is trying to go greener and use fewer straws also.

I am a frequent coffee buyer, Starbucks especially, because of its many perks. Ever since their straw announcement I have bought more reusable products, I bought a reusable Starbucks cup and straw which I use all the time. I have been a lot more self-conscious lately and with the way, the climate is changing and I am trying to figure out the little things I do every day that can be improved and not hurt the earth. It’s our job to take care of the earth and starting with small things is better than nothing.