For customers who prefer to have or need a straw, Starbucks said straws made of paper or compostable plastic will be available upon request - for their Frappuccino blended beverages.
As BBC News reported in February, a Scotland-based disability group called One in Five says paper, plant-based, and metal straws aren't adequate substitutes for single-use plastic straws and could even be risky for people, depending on their disability. And it's a part of Starbucks' $10 million investment in creating recyclable and compostable cups around the world.
"For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement. It is now also in the middle of testing paper straws in its United Kingdom stores.
Environmental activists have been pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life.
Other communities across the country, including Sanibel Island, located in Florida, are also on the list of places considering a ban on these plastic products. Straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the almost 9m tons of plastic waste that hits waters each year.