The coffee company says it hopes to eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year. In 2018, a number of cities throughout the United States began banning plastic straws.

Starbucks’ nix of plastic straws comes as the coffee giant continues its sustainability efforts of doing away with “packaging and plastics that end up in landfills” in favor of increased recyclable materials for their drinks.

That includes Starbucks’ coffee cup, which the company pledged last year to make more “green.” In 2017, Starbucks distributed 3.85 billion paper cups, which were not recycled in most places.

Along with other food brands including McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, Coca-Cola and Wendy’s, Starbucks committed to the NextGen Cup Challenge, assembled by Closed Loop Partners, an investment firm centered around sustainability.

The challenge recruited ideas from the public for an widely recyclable or compostable cup. After 12 winners were selected, Starbucks announced in March it would begin testing some of the winning cup ideas in different facilities across New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. The company’s goal is to develop a 100% compostable and recyclable hot cup by 2022, according to its 2019 Sustainability Report.