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McDonald’s Plastic Ban Brings the First Paper Straw Factory in the UK
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McDonald’s Plastic Ban Brings the First Paper Straw Factory in the UK

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McDonald’s is about to ban all plastic straws from its UK stores, but it might have to face a problem. There are no paper straw production facilities in the country. This is why a renowned packaging company took advantage, as it will open a paper straw factory in Ebbw Vale, Wales. The move is strategical, as several other companies might soon ban the use of plastic straws.

Many companies in the UK will ban plastic straws

Last week, McDonald’s announced how it would issue a plastic straw ban on all its UK stores. However, the move is not new in the country, as other companies took similar initiatives. Popular chains like Wetherspoons, Pizza Express, or Costa Coffee also adopted this gradual ban on plastic straws. This brought a need for a biodegradable replacement for these straws.

Several veterans in the industry of packaging decided to take advantage of the situation. This way, they founded a paper straw factory called Transcend Packaging. They grasped the opportunity some time ago, when the British government started talking about the dangers of plastic. As soon as companies started abandoning plastic straws, they knew they had to intervene.

A paper straw factory in Europe is great for the environment

This initiative is great for the environment, but there was still a problem with it. Currently, there are no paper straw manufacturers in the UK. Therefore, this ban would bring the need to import the straws from China or other countries, which is not the most eco-friendly activity.

The transport of these objects would have a big carbon footprint. Therefore, what companies can win through the plastic ban is lost through the import. All these companies called for a paper straw factory in Europe, so this is a great economic move for Transcend Packaging. The company has already signed a deal with McDonald’s for 1,361 paper straws it will deliver in September.

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