Japanese Restaurants, Retailers Rethinking Plastic Use

Economy

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)--Restaurant chains and retailers in Japan are increasingly rethinking their plastic use as the fight against marine pollution is spreading worldwide.

In December, Skylark Holdings Co. <3197> stopped using plastic straws at all of some 1,370 outlets of its Gusto restaurant chain. They now provide customers with straws made from corn upon request.

"Many customers even decline to use straws when they are informed that the change was for environmental concerns," a Skylark official said.

Ootoya Holdings Co. <2705> removed plastic straws from self-service drink areas at around 150 restaurants.

"There were no complaints from customers when plastic straws were removed in an experimental stage," a company official said.

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