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McDonald’s to Switch to Paper Straws To Reduce Plastic Use

McDonald’s eateries in the UK and Ireland will finish progress to paper straws in 2019; McDonald’s eateries in Belgium are currently testing trials and other options to plastic straws and tests are ready for select eateries in the U.S., France, Sweden, Norway, and Australia which will follow soon.

Paper Straws
Paper Straws

McDonald’s reported a staged rollout of paper straws in every one of the 1,361 McDonald’s eateries in the UK and Ireland with phase-out set for 2019 and plans to test contrasting options to plastic straws in various markets throughout its chain.

The company issued a press release detailing its commitment to cut down on plastic usage.

McDonald’s UK and Ireland will start progressing to paper straws beginning in September. This move bolsters McDonald’s objective to source 100% of visitor bundling from sustainable, reused, or guaranteed sources by 2025.

Notwithstanding tests that started not long ago in the UK, McDonald’s has likewise started testing other options to plastic straws in Belgium. McDonald’s will start testing choices in select eateries in the U.S., France, Sweden, Norway and Australia. Notwithstanding testing elective materials, in a few markets including Malaysia, the company will start tests to offer straws only when asked for by customers.

 “McDonald’s is committed to using our scale for good and working to find sustainable solutions for plastic straws globally,” said Francesca DeBiase Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Sustainability. “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 change and bring sustainable solutions to scale.”


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