Whole Foods is preparing to stop offering plastic straws at any of its 500 stores.
The company, which is owned by Amazon, announced on Monday that by July it would no longer sell plastic straws in its stores in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, according to CNN.
The move marks the first time a national grocery chain has taken the step to ditch plastic straws. It also comes more than 10 years after the company stopped offering disposable plastic bags for customers.
Whole Foods will start offering paper straws at its juice and coffee bars starting in July, though CNN noted that plastic straws will still be available upon request for customers with disabilities.
In addition, Whole Foods will start selling smaller plastic bags in its produce department. And the company said it would also replace hard plastic cases for rotisserie chickens with bags that use 70 percent less plastic.
"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 to CNN. Read more at The Hill