Unless you've been living under a rock -- or a floating island of plastic refuse, which is almost as common as rocks nowadays, unfortunately -- Starbucks has recently committed to going (nearly) straw-free by 2020. Though it will still have straws available upon request, which is especially pertinent to those with disabilities that actually need to use straws.
But for the most part, all their cold drinks -- which now account for about half of their overall drinks sold -- will be topped with plastic "sippy cups" (their Frappuccinos will continue to use straws as they are essentially glorified milkshakes anyway). But still!
It's a step forward.
This move will apparently eliminate one billion plastic straws per year. Which -- obviously -- won't single-handedly solve the alarming issue of plastic waste clogging up our landfills, as they take about 400 years to biodegrade. Yes, that straw you slurp your morning cold brew will outlast your great, great, great grandchild, should you be that lucky.
This should all come as great news if you are a reasonable human person. But, because people can be genuinely awful sometimes (most of the time), there was some blowback on Twitter about #Strawgate. Apparently, some people are frightened and confused to enter into a world without straws, Mother Nature be damned.
Which, quite frankly, is kind of selfish.