Starbucks has officially announced that by 2020 they will eliminate the global practice of using plastic straws in their outlets.Also Read - Islamophobia: Starbucks Sued by Muslim Woman For Writing 'ISIS' on Coffee Cup Instead of Her Name

According to USA Today, the coffee-shop giant announced it on July 08. In the announcement, it said that it will use recyclable strawless lids and a straw made out of an alternative-material in its more than 28,000 stores around the world. Also Read - Facebook Boycott: Starbucks Joins Coca-Cola, Unilever, Other Brands to Stop Ads For Inaction Over Hate Speech

The company confirmed that the move will eliminate around one billion plastic straws per year used in its straws. Also Read - Game of Thrones Features Water Bottles in Final Episode And Eagle-Eyed Fans Can't Keep Calm!

“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,” USA Today quoted Kevin Johnson, president and CEO of Starbucks as saying.

Starbucks has taken this initiative on the lines of many organizations joins a growing number of companies which include Hilton hotel and cruise liner Royal Caribbean amongst the many.

Fast Food giant McDonald announced that they would look for ways to testing plastic-straw alternatives at its US stores.

The newly designed strawless lid will be used for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages.

Currently, the strawless lid is available in around 8,000 stores around US and Canada.

The coffee giant will start offering straws made out of alternative materials including paper or compostable plastic at the request of the customer.

Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to receive the strawless lids.

It comes at a time when on June 05 Starbucks reassured that it will do its bit to instil and strengthen environmental responsibility as a corporate value, right from the farms from where the company sources its coffee, to the end where customers experience the coffee at Starbucks stores.