While straws have become a high-profile issue, they make up only about 4% of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight.
"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 release.
The company previously announced a $10 million effort to develop and introduce a "fully recyclable and compostable hot cup", according to the news release.
A global rollout of the strawless lid will begin in Europe, starting with select stores in France and the Netherlands.
The recyclable lids are already in use in about 8,000 Starbucks locations in the United States and Canada, the company said. Similar proposals are being considered in places like NY and San Francisco.
Starbucks uses more than a billion plastic straws a year. In February, Dunkin' Donuts said that it would eliminate polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.
Viral videos - including one depicting researchers extracting a plastic straw from a sea turtle's bleeding nostril - is prompting some companies and municipalities to find ocean-friendlier alternatives.
"Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species", said Erin Simon, director of sustainability research & development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, US, in a statement.
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