McDonald’s to replace plastic straws with paper straws in the UK and Ireland


Fast food chain McDonald’s has announced that by 2019 it will be phasing out plastic straws in favour of paper alternatives in all 1,361 restaurants throughout the UK and Ireland.  

McDonald’s restaurants in Belgium are currently trialling alternatives to plastic straws and tests are planned for selected chains in the U.S, France, Sweden, Norway and Australia later this year.  


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

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McDonald’s executive vice president of global supply chain and sustainability Francesca DeBiase said: “McDonald’s is committed to using our scale for good and working to find sustainable solutions for plastic straws globally. 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.” 

The UK and Ireland restaurants will begin transitioning to paper straws from September. 

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