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Starbucks Sippy Cup

Recently while doing homework with a friend, I noticed that the Starbucks cup she was drinking from looked a little different. After examining it for a few more seconds, I noticed that the lid of the cold brew drink totally changed. Yes, Starbucks now has a sippy cup lid to replace their famous green straws! This is great news for people concerned with the environment, but bad news for people who are accustomed to using straws. I think that it is great that Starbucks plans to eliminate their usage of straws by the year 2020 — let’s see if they keep their promise.

Straws are very bad for the environment because they take nearly four centuries to biodegrade, which is a very long time. Straws are also bad for the environment because they are harmful to animals. Often times, animals will mistake straws and other plastic items for food, and they will ingest it. I think that people should consider the environment when they use straws. Even though restaurants have dishwashers to clean the dinnerware, many people still feel the need to use straws at restaurants because they think that the cups they are drinking from are unsanitary. People should stop using straws because (1) they don’t really need them, and (2) straws are terrible for the environment.


  1. jriley20 wrote:

    Awesome post! I don’t go to Starbucks that often so I haven’t noticed that change but I love when companies create designs like that in order to limit waste production. It also looks more elegant having that lid than a plastic straw having out of it.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
  2. ycao21 wrote:

    I will begin by saying I should be very guilty at this, I drink two cup of coffee everyday, most of the time get them from Starbucks or other coffee shops. Everyday I use two or more straws, it adds up really fast. plastic straws are indeed very bad for the environments, and harmful to the animals. As soon as I discover their new caps, I will also ask for it, don’t get me wrong, I love the signature green straws, for some people it is a status symbol, but I personally think that the new caps looks more fashionable.

    Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Permalink
  3. kbeutner wrote:

    It’s interesting how simple this design is, yet according to the linked article, it took the designers a long time to create. The simplest solutions are often the hardest to think of.

    Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink
  4. yhassen wrote:

    I”m glad that they got rid of the straws to help the environment, but for me I think the new look with the the straw looks childish. But who cares these cups get thrown away so it doesn’t matter.

    Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
  5. aelayan4 wrote:

    Interesting post! I heard that Starbucks has promised to get rid of straws but didn’t except that soon! I also agreed that we don’t really need them, however, people could buy reusable straws as another way.

    Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 5:25 pm | Permalink