Whole Foods to Ban Plastic Straws, Offer Smaller Produce Bags

May 21, 2019

Whole Foods is joining the war against plastic waste by banning plastic straws at all of its 500 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. "We recognize that single-use plastics are a concern for many of our customers, Team Members and suppliers, and we're proud of these packaging changes, which will eliminate an estimated 800,000 pounds of plastics annually," Whole Foods' chief merchandising officer AC Gallo says in a statement to CNN. The company has also announced plans to offer smaller plastic bags in the produce department and to start using bags for its rotisserie chickens that use 70 percent less plastic than the hard plastic cases they will replace. Whole Foods stopped offering disposable plastic bags in 2008. It current only offers paper bags and sells reusable plastic bags.