No forks given: FamilyMart to provide chopsticks instead starting October

The new initiative is being implemented nationwide to help reduce plastic waste

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada
Associate Editor, Time Out Tokyo
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Over the last few years, Japan has been implementing various efforts to help reduce plastic waste. Stores are required to charge for plastic bags from 2020. Even convenience stores have started swapping out plastic for eco-friendly packaging

In another move, FamilyMart has announced that it will stop providing plastic forks starting on Tuesday October 4. The new initiative will be implemented at FamilyMart konbini nationwide. Customers will be offered bamboo chopsticks instead. According to the convenience store, the swap will help reduce plastic waste by a whopping 250 tonnes.

However, if you still insist on using a fork, you can get one upon request. FamilyMart will still provide the utensil for small children, customers with disabilities and foreign tourists who may not be comfortable using chopsticks.

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