Last week, Starbucks announced that it plans to remove plastic straws from all stores by 2020. Cold drinks will be served with recyclable “sippy cup” lids, and paper or compostable plastic straws will be available to customers who need or request them. Plastic straws are some of the most common ocean trash, and it can take up to 200 years for one plastic straw to decompose. However, disability rights groups say that flexible plastic straws are a necessity for many people. Although eco-friendly straws are recyclable, they aren’t suitable for hot liquids and may cause children and adults with disabilities to choke or have trouble swallowing.
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