Starting in July, Whole Foods Market is eliminating disposable plastic straws throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. This makes them the first national supermarket chain to do so. At the moment these straws are used at Allegro coffee bars, cafes, and juice bars but will be replaced with paper straws. Whole Foods announced that customers with disabilities will still be able to use plastic straws.
“For almost 40 years, caring for the environment has been central to our mission and how we operate,” Whole Foods president A.C. Gallo said in a statement. “We recognize that single-use plastics are a concern for many of our customers, team members and suppliers. … We will continue to look for additional opportunities to further reduce plastic across our stores.”
Whole Foods is not the biggest grocer in the US, behind stores like Walmart and Kroger. However its a step in the right direction for those who believe plastic straws need to be reduced to help protect the environment and wildlife. To learn more about this story check out the article at USA Today: