McDonald’s Removes Plastic Straws from All Its UK and Ireland Stores

People are now more concerned about the environment than ever. As a result, many of them started a fight against plastic objects. This fight proved successful in some cases, as McDonald’s has just announced it would abandon the use of plastic straws in UK and Ireland. The decision came after 500,000 people urged them to do it.

McDonald’s will cut plastic straw distribution in UK

McDonald’s cares about the environment, but also respects its customers’ will. Therefore, for the last two months, it ran a trial asking British people of their opinion on plastic straws. Only in UK, the company sells around 1.8 million straws per day, bringing a powerful impact on the environment.

The UK customers expressed their disapproval of plastic straws, so the company adopted paper straws instead. This decision was also a result of the Sum of Us petition, blaming plastic littering for destroying marine ecosystems. Therefore, McDonald’s will remove the polluting objects from its 1,361 stores in UK. The change will apply to Ireland as well but the rest of the world will keep using plastic straws.

Paper straws are the replacement for plastic straws

As a result, McDonald’s will start replacing the straws in September this year, but the whole action should be completed in 2019. They chose paper straws as a replacement after listening to the customers’ feedback. These people blamed plastic for polluting, but they still wanted their fast-food experience undisturbed.

McDonald’s will get its supply of paper straws from Wales and Northern Ireland and is planning to allow customers to recycle them. At first, it will equip only a few stores with special recycling facilities. However, by the end of 2019, all stores in the UK should have them.

These actions might put US next on the list of countries where plastic straws are banned. Their damaging effect on the ocean is well-known, so the government might soon issue a general ban on these objects, together with cotton buds and other pollutants.

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