Ben & Jerry's is joining a growing list of companies phasing out single-use plastic. The ice cream vendor said this week that by April it plans to phase out plastic straws and spoons in 600 stores worldwide. It is shifting to wooden spoons and will provide customers with paper straws on request.
Ben & Jerry's goes through 2.5 million plastic straws and 30 million plastic spoons per year. By 2020, the company also wants to find alternatives to plastic cups and lids.
Last year, companies including Hyatt Hotels, Ikea, Royal Caribbean,and also said they planned to eliminate plastic straws in a growing push against single-use plastic.
City governments, too, are taking action. Last summer, Seattle became the first U.S. city to ban plastic straws and utensils. It was soon followed by San Francisco and Malibu in California, and Miami Beach in Florida.
Plastic straws are thefound on beaches, though they make up less than 4 percent of the plastic waste in landfills, according to the National Park Service.