The Jakarta Post
Starbucks Indonesia has launched other initiatives to reduce disposable cup usage, namely For Here glass and Bring Your Own Tumbler. (Shutterstock/Terence Toh Chin Eng)
Coffee chain Starbucks Indonesia is set to gradually replace plastic straws with paper straws in all its outlets starting from this month.
According to kompas.com, Starbucks Indonesia began the initiative to use paper instead of plastic straws since Oct. 1, 2018, through a program called Greener Nusantara, launched in Bali.
In September last year, the program was also launched in three other Indonesian regions, namely Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara; Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara; and Bandung, West Java.
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It is hoped that the initiative will reduce more than 30 million plastic straws annually.
“As part of the community, we strive to support the government’s programs and movements, including the current effort to reduce plastic waste in Indonesia,” said Anthony Cottan, director of the brand's franchise holder in Indonesia, Sari Coffee Indonesia.
In addition to stopping the provision of plastic straws, Starbucks Indonesia has also launched other initiatives to reduce disposable cup usage, namely For Here glass and Bring Your Own Tumbler. The former is for beverages consumed in the outlet, while the latter encourages coffee lovers to bring their own tumblers while buying coffee. (jes/kes)