Starbucks Japan to eliminate single-use plastic straws in 2020

This will be replaced with paper straws bearing positive messages about sustainability.

Starbucks announced its move to eliminate single-use plastic straws starting January 2020 across its near 1,500 stores in Japan.

The plastic straws will be replaced with Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper straws bearing positive messages about sustainability.

“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,” Starbucks Japan CEO and director Takafumi Minaguchi said in a statement.

The standard-sized paper straws will be introduced in select stores in January before a complete roll out across all stores by March. Whilst the large-sized straws for Frappuccino-blended beverages will be available in all stores by May.

Starbucks stores in Japan have offered a 20 yen (US$0.18) discount for customers bringing their own cups or tumblers since it opened its first store in Tokyo in 1996.

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