McDonald's announces plastic straw ban in UK and Ireland stores

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McDonald's plans to phase out all plastic straws by 2019

McDonald’s has announced it will transition to paper straws in its 1,361 UK and Ireland stores by 2019.

The fast-food giant said it would begin to phase out plastic straws September and also announced it would be testing alternatives across the globe later this year.

This is part of McDonald’s goal to source 100% of its guest packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025 and to have guest packaging recycling in all restaurants globally.

Francesca DeBiase, Mcdonald’s executive vice president, 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.”

However consumer watchdog SumOfUs urged the chain to “go further” by banning plastic straws in all of its outlets worldwide.

Sondhya Gupta, senior campaigner at SumOfUs, said: “Almost 490,000 have people signed a SumOfUs petition calling on fast-food giant McDonald’s to stop giving plastic straws to customers.

“McDonald’s must replicate this [announcement] globally while ensuring it continues to cater for disabled people in all its outlets.”


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