Starbucks to Ditch Plastic Straws Globally by 2020 to Help Environment

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. The Seattle-based company said on Monday it will instead use straws made from other materials, and lids designed not to need straws. McDonald’s also recently …

Mumbai Bans Plastic Bags and Bottles

Mumbai has the become the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics, with residents caught using plastic bags, cups or bottles to face penalties of up to 25,000 rupees (£276) and three months in jail from Monday. Council inspectors in navy blue jackets have been posted across the city to …

McDonald’s to Switch to Paper Straws in UK after Customer Campaign

McDonald’s will end the use of plastic straws in its British restaurants next year, after nearly half a million people called on the company to ditch them. The decision by the US fast-food chain to switch from plastic to paper straws follows a trial at a number of outlets in …

IKEA to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics by 2020

Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced a slew of commitments to encourage sustainable living, including a pledge to remove all single-use plastics from its product range globally and from its restaurants by 2020. The plastics ban will apply to its 363 stores worldwide, owner Inter IKEA said Thursday. IKEA joins a …

China Isn’t Taking Our Recycling: Here’s What We Could Do With It Instead

Last year, China announced that it is officially done accepting “foreign garbage.” That is: plastic and paper recycling scraps from the U.S. and Europe. Since March 1, the country has barred 24 materials, including plastic and paper, from entering its borders. The few items the nation will take, like scrap …

EU Proposes Banning Plastic Straws, Cutlery and Cotton Buds

The European Commission has proposed banning plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds under new plans to crackdown on marine litter. They are among the 10 single-use plastic products targeted that are said to be most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear …

5 Eco-Friendly Drinking Straw Alternatives So You Can Skip Plastic

Last week, New York City lawmakers introduced a bill banning plastic straws in all bars and restaurants in the Big Apple, joining the growing worldwide war against this environmental scourge. “There are 500 million straws being used everyday in the U.S.,” Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr., the bill’s lead sponsor, …