McDonald's announces it's working to ditch Plastic Straws

  • McDonald's announces it's working to ditch Plastic Straws

McDonald's announces it's working to ditch Plastic Straws

McDonald's will stop using plastic straws in its British and Irish restaurants, instead opting for paper alternatives, the global fast food chain said on Friday.

McDonald's have announced that they will be sacking plastic straws in all their United Kingdom and Ireland stores come September.

The old plastic straws will be replaced with paper ones which can be recycled.

McDonald's uses 1.8 million straws each day at its 1,361 restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

McDonald's has some 37,000 locations in over 100 countries.

"McDonald's is committed to using our scale for good and working to find sustainable solutions for plastic straws globally", Francesca DeBiase Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Sustainability at McDonald's, said in a statement.

"Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants", said Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald's United Kingdom and Ireland, to CNN. With any luck, this massive decision will lead to a complete removal of single-use plastic straws from all of McDonald's restaurants worldwide. Concern has been growing about pollution caused by plastic waste in the ocean.

The movement to eliminate plastic straws is gaining momentum in the US, as well. Among the things that they are trying to ban include plastic straws, plastic plates, coffee stirrers, and cotton swabs.

Last month the European Union also proposed a ban on throwaway plastic products. She urged Commonwealth countries to commit to the fight against plastic waste at a meeting in London. However, customers who really want a plastic straw will still be able to get one by asking.

Louise Edge, senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace U.K., said: "McDonald's phasing out plastic straws in the U.K.is a small step ahead of an anticipated government ban, but the scale of the fast food giant means this move will have impact".

Restaurant leaders noted that customers reacted positively to the paper straws.

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