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Japan restaurant leader joins movement against single-use plastic

Skylark answers the call for greener alternatives

A food delivery person for Skylark Holdings. The company will begin shifting away from plastic bags, utensils and containers for takeout and deliveries next year. (Photo courtesy of Skylark Holdings)

TOKYO -- Japan's largest family restaurant operator will stop using plastic containers for takeout orders and deliveries in December, becoming the first big player here to do so as the world turns away from single-use plastics.

Despite the added costs, Skylark Holdings is acting amid growing customer and investor interest in environmental issues. The resulting jump in demand for biodegradable alternatives could also help push prices down.

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