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Whole Foods to cut down plastic use

Whole Foods Market Inc. on May 20 announced a number of initiatives that will help the company reduce plastic use across its stores.

The Amazon.com Inc.-owned fresh foods retailer said it will phase out plastic straws from its U.S., U.K. and Canada stores by July and offer recyclable and compostable paper straws instead. It noted that it will still offer customers with disabilities the option to use plastic straws.

In addition, Whole Foods said it will switch to smaller plastic bags in its produce department this year and replace its hard plastic rotisserie chicken containers with new bags that use about 70% less plastic.

Overall, the grocer expects these steps to cut down around 800,000 pounds of plastic per year.