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.