Single-use disposable plastics are taking another high-profile hit as Aramark Corp. is looking to "significantly reduce" their use.
The food service, uniform and facilities management company serves about 2 billion meals each year in 19 countries. But now Aramark, citing a recent customer survey, said 60 percent of the respondents "are concerned about the overuse of plastic."
The survey also showed that consumers are primarily worried about single-use plastics entering oceans and impacting marine life, the company said.
"Aramark shares our guests' passion to protect and preserve our oceans," CEO Eric Foss said. "By working hand-in-hand with our customers and consumers, we can make significant progress in limiting the consumption of single-use plastics."
Single-use plastics have become an increasingly larger target during the past year as companies and consumers reconsider their choices.
But there also is a growing pushback that the products themselves are not the problem. Instead, some contend it's a waste management and personal behavior issue that allows these materials to enter the environment.
Philadelphia-based Aramark joins a growing list of high-profile companies that are addressing the issue, including McDonald's and Starbucks restaurants.
Aramark said its "holistic strategy" is addressing all single-use plastics, and will start with straws and stirrers.