The last straw for Starbucks

With a decision to phase out plastic straws from more than 28,000 stories worldwide by 2020, Starbucks is joining a growing number of corporations taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and be better stewards of the environment.  

Starbucks will replace plastic straws with recyclable, strawless lids on nearly all of its iced drinks, except for the Frappuccino, which will instead have a straw made from either compostable plastic or paper.

This small gesture will make a big impact on our environment by eliminating more than 1 billions straws per year. Straws and stirrers, according to the Ocean Conservancy, are the most common items found on our beaches; more than 9 million have been cleared from beaches and waterways.

Starbucks can thank the creative and innovative mind of Emily Alexander, a Starbucks’ engineer in Global Research & Development for coming up with a new lid. Its tear-drop shaped opening is about the size of a thumbprint and it’s described as a cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid.

Photo Credit: Starbucks

In every industry, it’s the outside-the-box thinkers and innovators who are agents of change. The problem solvers and doers; the ones who take the baton to lead a corporate mission, like reducing waste, safeguarding the environment, or identifying creative solutions for customers.

Here at MRBOX, the phrase ‘outside-the-box’ thinking isn’t a hollow slogan. It’s how we do business and it’s how we approach our efforts to be good stewards of the environment.

From energy efficient lighting and water saving faucets to a robust recycling program and fuel- and time-efficient truck delivery routes, we do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint. We offer products that are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and made from recycled material so our customers can do the same.

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