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McDonald's Ditches Plastic Straws In The U.K. To Reduce Waste

By Tessa Love

Straws may be a small accessory to our on-the-go lifestyles, but this little piece of plastic has a big impact on the environment. Every day, humans produce and use 500,000,000 straws—and virtually every one of those straws ends up in a landfill, or as the next piece of plastic clogging our waterways, where they take 200 years to decompose, leaching toxins into the environment. All so we can easily sip our sodas. Which is why McDonald's is taking a big step towards eradicating this issue: Starting in May, all UK McDonald's locations will be plastic straw-free. 

The fast food giant has around 1,300 restaurants in the UK, which will all begin testing the use of paper straws instead of plastic. The straws will also be kept behind the counter and only given to customers who ask for one, further reducing the waste produced by our straw habits. 

"The reduction and use of plastics is an hugely important issue – for our business, for the sector and for society," chief executive Paul Pomroy told Metro. "We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and we can, and want to, be part of the solution... we know more can be done."