18 June 2018
As of September 2018, McDonald’s will opt out of single-use plastic straws and replace them with paper ones in all UK and Ireland restaurants.
The measure, which comes as a response to the massive public debate and environmental movements that took place across the UK, is aimed at reducing the pollution and waste caused by single use plastic products.
According to recent statistics, 1.8 million straws are used by McDonald’s alone in the UK, a whopping number that customers do not agree with.
After a successful trial that involved selected restaurants, the fast-food chain decided to make a complete transition to paper straws by September later this year.
The measure was met with enthusiasm by McDonald’s customers and praised by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who described it as “a fine example to other large businesses".
Plastic straws take years to decompose and pose a major threat to marine wildlife.
The UK is currently the only country where McDonald’s replaced plastic straws with a biodegradable alternative, but company officials announced future trials in restaurants in the US, France and Norway.
McDonald’s is the latest large company to take action against plastic straws, after Costa Coffee, Waitrose and Wagamama pledged to remove them.
McDonald’s to Replace Plastic Straws With Paper Ones