The coffee company plans to offer a newly designed recyclable strawless lid at its 28,000 company operated and licensed locations, as well as straws made from alternative materials like compostable plastic and paper for customers who need or want a straw.
Those straws will be provided for blended Frappuccino beverages, or by special request, the company said.
Starbucks said the decision will eliminate more than 1 billion straws a year. The strawless lid rollout will hit Seattle and Vancouver first, starting this fall, followed by "phased rollouts" in the USA and Canada during fiscal year 2019 and a global rollout beginning in Europe.
Customers in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada, will be the first to see the new lids beginning this fall, with phased rollouts within the United States and Canada in 2019.
Starbucks is saying goodbye to its signature green plastic straws.
Similar proposals are being considered elsewhere, including in NY and San Francisco.
Some Starbucks drinks, like cold brew with cold foam, are already served in cups with strawless lids. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020.
Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place.
The effort to reduce waste is part of a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund's Cascading Materials Vision program, the statement said. Phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada will then follow.
The announcement comes after Seattle, Starbucks' home market, banned restaurants from using plastic straws and utensils on July 1.
"With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we can not afford to let industry sit on the sidelines", he said in a statement.