Whole Foods Market goes strawless
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market is on a mission to eliminate the use of plastic straws.
The company has announced that it plans to get rid of the product from all stores by July.
According to the company, every Whole Foods Market store in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom will start carrying paper straws.
"We recognize that single-use plastics are a concern for many of our customers, Team Members and suppliers, and we’re proud of these packaging changes, which will eliminate an estimated 800,000 pounds of plastics annually," said A.C. Gallo, the company's president and chief merchandising officer, in a statement. "We will continue to look for additional opportunities to further reduce plastic across our stores."
The chain also plans to reduce the size of its produce bags to contain 70 percent less plastic, and put its rotisserie chickens in bags instead of hard-plastic containers. Company officials estimate the initiatives will reduce 800,000 pounds of plastic used per year.