Major restaurant chain operator Skylark Holdings Co. said Aug. 17 it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from all of its restaurants by 2020 in an effort to address marine pollution from plastic waste.
Skylark will stop using plastic straws at all 3,200 of its restaurants by 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it said. As a first step, it will remove disposable plastic straws at its 1,370 Gusto restaurants by the end of the year.
Skylark is the first major Japanese restaurant chain operator to announce a ban on plastic straws, according to a company spokeswoman.
The move comes as major companies such as coffee chain Starbucks Corp. and Walt Disney Co. step up efforts to ditch plastic straws as their role in ocean pollution has raised global alarm.
Plastics used in straws, grocery bags and many other products do not disintegrate naturally in the environment. Some 4 million to 12 million tons of plastic waste are estimated to flow into the oceans every year.(Kyodo)