McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws

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Image caption Papers straws will replace the plastic types

McDonald’s will replace plastic straws with paper ones in all the UK and Ireland restaurants, beginning with September.

It is the newest company to opt out of several single-use plastic products which can get hundreds of years to decompose if not reused.

The restaurant string uses 1 . 8 million straws each day in the UK.

“Reflecting the broader general public debate, our customers told all of us they wanted to see a move on straws, ” the firm said.

This decision follows an effective trial in selected restaurants recording. The move to paper straws is going to be completed next year.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove known as it a “significant contribution” in order to helping the environment, adding that it was “a fine example to other large businesses”.

The ban will not yet extend to the rest of the chain’s global empire, but trials will start in selected restaurants in the US, Italy and Norway.

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In some other nations, straws are being offered on ask for only.

In Apr, the government proposed a ban on plastic straws and 100 % cotton buds in England. But many businesses , including Waitrose, Costa Coffee, plus Wagamama, have already started to take action.

All JD Wetherspoon pubs stopped using plastic straws at the beginning of the year. Pizza Express mentioned it would replace all plastic straws with biodegradable ones by summer time 2018.

And more compared to sixty independent British festivals – including Boardmasters and Bestival – have banned plastic straws as part of a pledge to free their sites of single-use plastic-type by 2021.

Most straws are made from plastic materials such as polypropylene and polystyrene, which usually unless recycled take hundreds of years in order to decompose.

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Many end up in landfill and the oceans, and the BBC’s Azure Planet II highlighted the damage plastic-type can cause to marine wildlife.

But not everyone thinks overall bans are the answer.

Plastic straws enable many impaired people to drink independently , Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said. She mentioned paper alternatives were not always ideal or safe.

And Tetra Pak – the meals packaging company – has said plastic-type material straws serve a “vital” function within cartons and should not have to get banned.

This argues that straws can be reused together with cartons if they are pushed back to the box.

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Transcend Product packaging in Wales, plus Huhtamaki in Belfast, will supply the particular straws for all 1, 361 McDonald’s restaurants.

The straws will use paper from certified environmentally friendly sources, the company said.

“The government’s ambitious plans, coupled with strong customer opinion, has assisted to accelerate the move far from plastic and I’m proud that will we’ve been able to play our component, ” said Paul Pomroy, leader of McDonald’s UK and Ireland in europe.

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