The campaign to end our reliance on single-use plastics just got a little more wind in its sails.
Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffeehouse chain, with over 28,000 stores across the world, has announced that it will provide paper straws to customers at all stores nationwide starting Jan 6. The biodegradable straws are made from responsibly-sourced paper certified by the Germany-based Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an NGO that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. By making this switch, Starbucks Thailand will prevent more than 39 million plastic straws from being thrown in the bin each year—part of a broader campaign to eliminate plastic straws from all its stores globally in 2020. 
Staying on the green theme, Starbucks is also offering B20 discounts to customers across the country who bring reusable cups for their drinks every Wednesday through Feb 19. These can be personal cups from home, too, not just those purchased from the coffee shop. And if you have your coffee poured into a reusable cup any other day of the week, you’ll get a B10 discount.
This is the latest forward-looking development by a major global brand in Thailand. As of Jan 1, some of the country’s largest retail groups and convenience stores, including 7-Eleven and Family Mart, are no longer offering plastic bags to customers.