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Starbucks straw ban fuels rush to eco-friendly plastics

Japan's Kaneka will quintuple output capacity for biodegradable polymer

International coffee chain Starbucks will eliminate plastic disposable straws by 2020, and material makers expect more demand for eco-friendly plastics.
Starbucks will eliminate plastic disposable straws by 2020, and material makers expect more demand for less destructive plastics.   © Reuters

OSAKA/TOKYO -- Chemical makers are hastening to produce more environmentally friendly plastics, expecting a surge in demand as big companies like international coffee chain Starbucks phase out ocean-polluting materials like straws.

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