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Aramark to Reduce Single-Use Disposable Plastics across Global Operations by 2022


Action extends long-standing commitment to improve environmental

(NYSE:ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities management and
uniforms, today announced a commitment to significantly reduce
single-use disposable plastics, across its global food service
operations, by 2022. Single-use plastic items include straws, stirrers,
bags, cutlery and various packaging materials. Aramark will implement
actions across the 19 countries where it serves 2 billion meals annually
in schools and workplaces, sports and leisure venues, hospitals and
other locations.

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Aramark will significantly reduce single-use disposable plastics across its global food service oper ...

Aramark will significantly reduce single-use disposable plastics across its global food service operations by 2022. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastics are leaked into the
world's oceans. According to a recent Aramark consumer survey1,
the majority (60%) of respondents are concerned with the overuse of
plastic and nearly 80% are trying to reduce personal consumption by
recycling and reusing plastic bottles and bags. The primary
environmental concern is the impact on marine life and oceans.

"Aramark shares our guests' passion to protect and preserve our oceans.
Today's announcement provides an opportunity to make meaningful
achievements in minimizing our environmental impact, while continuing to
deliver experiences that enrich and nourish lives," said Eric Foss,
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "By working
hand-in-hand with our customers and consumers, we can make significant
progress in limiting the consumption of single-use plastics, reducing
waste before it happens, and creating a healthier planet."

Today's announcement is part of a holistic strategy to address
single-use plastics overall, starting with the most visible category of
straws and stirrers, offering reusable products, encouraging consumers
to join in, and looking ahead at design and innovation.

The company's single-use plastic reduction strategy includes:

1) Phasing out use of plastic straws and stirrers, and offering
eco-friendly alternatives, where possible, starting September, 2018.
This will result in a 60% decrease in plastic straws by 2020, or nearly
100 million fewer straws annually in the U.S., enough to stretch halfway
around the world if placed end to end.

2) Prioritizing additional categories to drive reduction of all
single-use plastics, such as bags and cutlery.

3) Expanding offerings of reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, take out
containers and bags.

4) Partnering with our suppliers and national brands to reduce packaging
through design and innovation.

5) Educating and enabling consumers to eliminate or reduce single-use

6) Reporting on our progress and challenges to ensure transparency and
continuous improvement.

Despite concern for the environment, consumers recognize that special
circumstances require continued, but decreased, use of plastic straws by
individuals with special needs and hospital patients. Aramark will
continue to make smaller quantities available upon request, and will
also offer eco-friendly alternatives, in select locations.

Aramark is aiming for plastic straw and stirrer reduction, with
measurable improvement, targeting:

  • 100% elimination in national parks, higher education residential
    dining and select business dining locations, representing hundreds of
    client locations.
  • 30% to 60% reduction across hundreds of K-12 schools, sports venues
    and healthcare facilities, and nearly 60% reduction in Canadian

The company is also launching a "Sip Smarter" consumer marketing
campaign to raise awareness, inform consumers and drive change. The
campaign is designed to complement the operational actions with
messaging that will help to minimize plastic consumption. Signs will be
included in operational merchandising to alert customers about the
changes, where they can still find straws upon request and ways they can
reduce personal consumption of single-use plastics.

Aramark's size and reach provide an opportunity to minimize
environmental impact in thousands of locations and communities, across
the globe, and help conserve the health of the world's oceans. The
company joined the United Nations Environment Programme campaign
#CleanSeas, to reduce single-use plastics by 2022, and partners with the
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, to source responsible fresh
and frozen finfish and shellfish.

To learn more about Green Thread, Aramark's commitment to environmental
sustainability, visit

About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world
champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the
world's leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and
cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around
the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and
nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food,
facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social
responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse
workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our
environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as
one of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an
employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn
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1 Survey conducted June 2018 among Aramark consumers.

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