In an effort to reduce plastic pollution in the United Kingdom and Ireland, it's reported that McDonald's straws will be swapped for paper alternatives. Louise Edge, a campaigner with Greenpeace U.K., said this type of change anticipates a potential government ban of single-use plastics in the future.
Straw bans such as this have been put it place to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean, which can harm wildlife and natural ecosystems. The benefit of paper straws is that they disintegrate, making them less harmful to the environment. McDonald's plans to test out other alternatives for plastic straws in its restaurants in France, Sweden and Norway.
McDonald’s U.K. and Ireland will make the switch this coming September in its 1,360 locations in the U.K. and Ireland compared to over 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. As a result of this environmental impact, other fast food chains are currently facing pressure to make the switch as well.
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