Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

McDonald's to switch to paper straws in U.K., Ireland

Nellie Chapman | 15 June, 2018, 17:27

In America, 500 million plastic straws are used every day.

It follows Burger King, JD Wetherspoon, Costa Coffee, Pizza Express and Wagamama in ditching the plastic.

McDonald's will begin to withdraw plastic straws from sale in September.

McDonald's will stop using plastic straws across all of its United Kingdom and Ireland restaurants, replacing them with paper alternatives from September.

The ban does not yet extend to the rest of the chain's global empire, but trials will begin in selected restaurants in the US, France and Norway.

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

'We all have a responsibility to our environment and this simple yet effective initiative is a fine example to other large businesses, ' he said. The straw switchover will start in September and be fully in place by 2019.

And more than 60 independent British festivals - including Boardmasters and Bestival - have banned plastic straws as part of a pledge to rid their sites of single-use plastic by 2021. Only 1% are recycled, largely because they are made of a mixture of polypropylene and polystyrene.

Many end up in landfill and the oceans, and the BBC's Blue Planet II highlighted the damage plastic can cause to marine wildlife.

McDonald's announced Friday that it would start testing an alternative to plastic straws in some of its USA restaurants, and would completely phase out the products in some of its European locations. She said paper alternatives were not always suitable or safe.

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

"McDonald's is committed to using our scale for good and working to find sustainable solutions for plastic straws globally", Francesca DeBiase, the company's executive vice president for global supply chain and sustainability, said in a statement.

CNNMoney notes that, per trash-mapping app Litterati, plastic straws are the sixth most common type of litter in the world.