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McDonald's Has Started Phasing Out Plastic Straws

The company will trial new biodegradable paper straws in its UK stores as it pushes towards all-recyclable packaging.
By Libby Curran
April 03, 2018
By Libby Curran
April 03, 2018

Plastic straws are slowly but surely disappearing from venues across the globe — including plenty of switched-on bars and eateries here in Australasia. And now, even fast food giant McDonald's is taking a stand against single-use plastic straws, announcing it'll start phasing out the unnecessary drink accessories across its UK stores next month.

According to Sky News, McDonald's hopes to reach a point where 100-percent of its packaging is recyclable, having already phased out polystyrene and foam. Although, the company is yet to find an alternative to its plastic drink lids.

Its next move is to start trialling the use of biodegradable and recyclable paper straws, in place of its less eco-friendly plastic alternatives. McDonald's UK restaurants will also start keeping its straws behind the counter, making them available only upon request.

With 90% of the UK's population indulging in at least one Macca's run a year, and the Marine Conservation Society estimating 8.5 billion single-use plastic straws are used annually across the country, this new initiative is no small win for the planet.

No word yet on whether McDonald's restaurants in other countries will follow suit, though here's hoping we're not too far behind.

Published on April 03, 2018 by Libby Curran


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