Whole Foods Market will eliminate plastic straws in the U.S., U.K. and Canada by July 2019, and is replacing its rotisserie chicken containers with plastic bags that use 70% less plastic than the hard packaging.
Both of these changes come after the grocer already reduced the size of its plastic produce bags earlier this year. The Amazon-owned company said these three initiatives would reduce approximately 800,000 pounds of plastic each year.
Customers can request recyclable, compostable and Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper straws at the grocer’s cafes and juice bars.
“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 … We will continue to look for additional opportunities to further reduce plastic across our stores,” said A.C. Gallo, president and chief merchandising officer at Whole Foods Market.