Starbucks announced on September 9 that it will stop using plastic pipettes by 2020.
    Date: 2019-4-4 17:41:50    Hits: 122
    Coffee chain Starbucks announced on September 9 that it will stop using plastic pipes by 2020. All stores will phase out disposable plastic straws within two years. In response to a boycott of disposable plastic products, 28,000 Starbucks stores now use disposable plastic straws to one billion a year.

    After months of testing, Starbucks reportedly confirmed the decision on Twitter that it would replace the plastic straw with a new polypropylene cup cap, which would have an opening and a suction nozzle for drinking. Compared with the plastic pipette, the new cup cover has the advantages of large volume, easy classification and easy recovery. The new cup cap has been put into use in stores in the United States and Canada and has become the standard cap for some cold drinks. In addition, Starbucks said it would also provide environmentally friendly straws made of alternative materials for cold drinks to meet the preferences of some customers.

    Harm of disposable plastic pipette:

    1. Injury to human body: disposable pipettes contain toxic substances, which are harming people's health bit by bit. Although many pipettes are labeled without bisphenol propane, there may be other harmful substances, especially those used by street vendors. Many pipettes are wholesaled from small workshops, which are not in conformity with the regulations and contain a large number of toxic substances that may cause cancer.

    2. Environmental hazards: disposable plastic pipettes have the characteristics of stability and non-degradability. It takes at least 2000 years to be degraded when discarded in nature. They are made of recyclable materials, but because of their small size and light weight, they are easily ignored by recyclers. There are two kinds of disposable suction pipes, either burned or piled up in the environment, which will cause harm to people and the environment.

    3. The discarded plastic products may enter our bodies. The investigation shows that the trace of micro-plastics can be found in our drinking water, and they can not be filtered by sewage treatment plants. In addition, microplastics pose a potential risk to marine organisms and human health. They will enter the body of fish and be eaten by people together.

    4. According to statistics, on average, 500 million plastic pipes are used in the United States every day, and most of them will flow to the sea after passing, polluting water sources and killing marine life in the ocean. In recent years, we often see news broadcasts, marine fish found in the body of plastic products, especially some large marine fish, or marine life lost because of plastic products. According to the survey, about 800 to 1100 tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year, and most of it is decomposed into debris and eaten by marine organisms. If this situation continues, it is expected that there will be more plastic waste in the ocean than fish in 2050.

    5. In addition to these hazards mentioned above, disposable plastic pipettes also bring us a lot of harm in life. And statistics show that every year thousands of children are injured accidentally by plastic straws. With these figures and cases, we must be more cautious about the use of plastic straws and no longer belittle their existence.

    The most common plastic in our daily life is disposable straw, which is a small straw, but it uses too much. Its harm can not be underestimated. It is imperative to ban disposable plastic straw.
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