McDonald's is ditching plastic straws in the UK and Ireland

By On June 16, 2018

McDonald's is ditching plastic straws in the UK and Ireland

McDonald's is joining the fight against plastic pollution by ditching single-use straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The global fast-food chain said it will switch to paper straws in all 1,361 of its restaurants in the UK and Ireland by 2019 and plans to test alternatives to plastic straws in other markets throughout the world later this year.

Restaurants in the UK and Ireland will begin making the change in September.

"McDonald's is committed to using our scale for good and working to find sustainable solutions for plastic straws globally," Global Supply Chain and Sustainability Executive Vice President Francesca DeBiase said in a news release. "In addition to the exciting news from the UK today, we are testing straw alternatives in other countries to provide the best experience for our customers. We hope this work will support industry wide ch ange and bring sustainable solutions to scale."

The move supports McDonald's goal to source all of its packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025 and to have recycling in all restaurants globally.

The chain has also begun testing alternatives to plastic straws in Belgium. Later this year, McDonald's will begin testing alternatives in some restaurants in the United States, France, Sweden, Norway and Australia.

Each day, more than 5 million plastic straws are used in the U.S., according to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which is working to make the disposable items a relic of the past. The coalition is comprised of more than 700 organizations, business and leaders in 60 countries, including Girl Scouts of the USA and Greenpeace.

SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean have already vowed to stop using plastic straws and bags. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has also joined to movement, writing in a recent Instagram post that he's "out on single-use plastic straws."

Source: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom

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