Following the government’s recent ban on plastic straws at public institutions and department stores, supermarkets have joined hands to further cut down on Taiwan’s plastic habit.
Starting Wednesday, over 800 supermarkets in Taiwan will stop handing out plastic drinking straws along with drinks purchased in-store. To help shoppers adjust, these supermarkets have adopted new type of cup that don’t require a straw to drink from.
Supermarkets are not on the list of places where the government has banned straws. But these supermarkets have decided to ditch straws anyway for the sake of the environment. And getting rid of straws is only the beginning. Starting in September, they will also replace the plastic packaging used for deli products with lest wasteful plastic wrap. The move is projected to cut plastic use by 6.4 tons a year.
Customers say that while it was hard to forgo straws for drinks like bubble tea, they are gradually getting on board with the movement to stop using straws. They say the change is worth it, since it helps to reduce pollution and save the planet.