Starbucks Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Straws in Japan

Starbucks is Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Straws in Japan

RICHMOND, Va. (Vegan AF) - Starbucks has started the process of eliminating single-use plastic straws at nearly 1,500 locations in Japan. This change will prevent approximately 200 million single-use plastic straws from ending up in landfills, oceans, and other vital waterways. 

In lieu of plastic straws, Starbucks Japan will provide customers with responsibly-sourced paper straws that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). A complete rollout to all locations there will wrap up by May 2020.

“Since we announced our global commitment to eliminate single-use plastic straws across all stores by the end of 2020, Starbucks Japan has focused tirelessly on finding a straw alternative that meets our quality standards,” said Takafumi Minaguchi, Representative Director and CEO, Starbucks Japan.

“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve achieved our goal. As technologies and innovations evolve, we see opportunities to continue to develop the premium Starbucks Experience our customers love in a sustainable way.”

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