McDonald’s to Test Eco-Friendly Straws in USA by Year-End

Galtero Lara
Junio 18, 2018

McDonald's will be using paper alternatives in a bid to cut down on plastics in the environment. Francesca DeBiase, executive vice president of global supply chain and sustainability, said: "McDonald's is committed to using our scale for good and working to find sustainable solutions for plastic straws globally".

McDonald's is to replace plastic drinking straws with paper in all of its United Kingdom and Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) branches. The firm uses around 1.8m straws a day in the UK.

The Island's outlet on Peel Road went through 60,000 in May alone.

The burger giant also announced that it will adopt more eco-friendly paper straws across all its 1,361 restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland, a region where the company started testing the alternative to plastic straws earlier this year.

It's the last straw-for plastic, that is.

A statement said: "Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws".

However, paper straws are biodegradable.

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McDonald's has been under fire for its use of plastic on such a large, global scale.

Eric Goldstein, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the announcement from as big a company as McDonald's reflects the growing tide of concern about single-use plastics worldwide.

Some manufacturers have previously argued against the removal of plastic straws because they are needed by some people with disabilities, children and the elderly.

Plastic straws are generally used only once, making them a prime target for environmentalists who point to the enormous amount of plastic that ends up in the world's oceans - the equivalent, according to one marine ecologist, of a garbage truck full of plastic every minute.

Last month the European Union also proposed a ban on throwaway plastic products. The British government has been discussing the possibility of banning all single-use plastic straws, but some businesses are acting ahead of time to eliminate them from their own locations. Among the things that they are trying to ban include plastic straws, plastic plates, coffee stirrers, and cotton swabs.

"The government's ambitious plans, combined with strong customer opinion, has helped to accelerate the move away from plastic and I'm proud that we've been able to play our part in helping to achieve this societal change".

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