Plastic is taking over, and as much as we try and recycle it, most of it still ends up in landfill.
Whilst companies are doing their best to find ways of recycling this plastic waste or repurposing it by making clothes and various household items out of it, scientists are predicting that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.
You begin to understand how vast the problem is when global companies such as Mc Donald’s, who in the past have come across as quite uncaring towards the environment, (and to many still very much are), actually take a stand and announce that they will be making more of an effort to clean up their plastic act and ditch the straws.
Back in April, we saw in the news that the UK government will be proposing a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds in England (click here to see our article covering the topic), and two UK based supermarkets chains have also announced that they will attempt a ban on plastic bags (click here to read our Iceland article).
Now in a recent revelation, the worldwide coffee chain Starbucks have also announced that by the year 2020, they will also be plastic straw free. Starbucks will also provide straw-less lids for their takeaway cups and eventually the UK and the rest of Europe will see these changes.
The Seattle based coffee company have perhaps been pushed into the move following a recent ban on single-use plastic straws and food utensils in restaurants which took effect in Seattle only last week. Needless to say, whatever their motives are for the change, it can only be seen a positive step in the right direction.
If you want to be more environmentally savvy and need ideas on how to cut back on the waste you produce, check out our article 5 Zero Waste Tips for Vegans.