Jazmin Goodwin, CNN Business Starbucks has announced that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. Some of its drink cups will be fitted with special flat plastic lids that can be used without straws. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) SOURCE: Justin Sullivan Starbucks is finally ditching straws and ushering in its long-awaited “sippy cup” lids for iced beverages. After announcing in July 2018 that it would begin phasing out plastic straws from all its stores by 2020, the modified plastic lid with a drinking spout is now making its official debut.
Two scientists, David Duffy and Catherine Eastman, at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and Sea Turtle Hospital at the University of Florida, wrote an article on EcoWatch about the ubiquity of plastic in the oceans and the harm it brings to sea turtles. Turtles face a variety of threats, including conservation or climate change, but plastic is a critical threat to turtle populations and habits. In a recently published article, Duffy and Eastman expose the danger of plastic to turtles. “However, it’s becoming increasingly hard to ignore evidence that plastic pollution poses a growing, hidden threat to the health of endangered sea turtles, particularly our youngest patients. In a newly