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Amazon's (AMZN - Get Report) Whole Foods on Monday announced its plan to ban plastic straws in 500 stores in the U.S., U.K. and Canada starting in July. Compost-friendly paper straws will be offered instead. Plastic ones will be reserved for customers with disabilities, upon request.

The chain will also reduce the size of its plastic bags in the produce department and switch from hard plastic containers for its rotisserie chickens to bags that use 70% less plastic. Since 2008, the company has only offered paper bags, and sells reusable plastic bags.

This environmentally friendly move is an answer to customers' complaints, the company said.

"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 said in a statement.

The Austin-based health-foods chain joins other top retailers in an initiative to reduce the straws' environmental damage. Starbucks ( SBUX - Get Report) , for one, will eliminate single-use plastic straws at 29,800 locations world-wide by 2020. It has also changed its beverage lids to eliminate the need for straws. This move followed Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils.
 
Amazon purchased Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion in August 2017. Amazon shares were up 0.73% at $1,855.40 heading into Monday's close.
 
The new Starbucks cup that doesn't require a straw.
The new Starbucks cup that doesn't require a straw.