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Red Lobster Diners Have to Ask for Straws

The restaurant chain estimates that the change will eliminate 150 million plastic straws per year from its more than 700 restaurants.

Red Lobster

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Red Lobster says it will no longer automatically give out plastic straws to customers. The company said in a statement Tuesday that patrons will have to ask for a straw if they want one starting next month. 

Red Lobster also said that by the end of 2020 it will start replacing plastic straws with an eco-friendly alternative. The seafood-restaurant chain estimates that the change will eliminate 150 million plastic straws per year from its more than 700 restaurants. 

Red Lobster says it is currently testing eco-friendly straw alternatives. Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup says the new policy is a meaningful step in the company's commitment to preserving the world's oceans and marine life. 


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