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Nayuki to ditch plastic straws by end-2020

The chain is also looking to cut down on paper consumption.

Chinese tea brand Nayuki announced it is phasing out plastic straws at their 400-plus domestic store network by the end of 2020, as part of a commitment to minimize single-use plastic waste.

"Over the past few years, the support for using biodegradable materials and eliminating unnecessary plastic use has gathered enormous momentum around the world. With China's pledge to phase out all the plastic straws produced for the catering industry in 2020, Nayuki aims to take the lead in protecting the earth by joining this global action on reducing plastic waste, increasing recycling and promoting reusability," founder Peng Xin said in a statement.

The announcement follows Nayuki’s personal cup discount campaign launched earlier this year, and the introduction of biodegradable straws to all stores.

Nayuki also partnered with Alipay Ant Forest, a green initiative launched by Ant Financial Services Group to promote low-carbon activities to reduce paper consumption. The joint initiative allows customers to collect virtual "green energy" by ordering online, which is then converted into a real tree to be planted in China.

Aside from its sustainability efforts, Nayuki said it is prioritising purchasing fruits and tea from the agricultural regions that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic, as well as providing essential supplies for frontline medical workers through donations of medical supplies and food.

In March, Nayuki signed a contract with the government of Baise in Guangxi province to procure fruits from local farmers for products such as Supreme Cheese Mango fruit tea, Creamy Mango Pastry. In June, Nayuki helped local farmers and signed a contract with the Agricultural and Rural Department of Hubei province to purchase tea and fruits from the farmers in the two regions.

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