Earlier this year, McDonalds announced that all UK branches will ban the use of plastic straws and instead replace them with paper starting in September. The decision was extremely popular and millions called for the restaurant to take this policy and apply it to U.S. locations.
Well, it appears that McDonalds heard the push as it has made it’s first step to reducing plastic waste by testing out alternatives to plastic straws in the US.
The push to get businesses to reduce plastic waste has never been so large as multiple companies and countries across the world have made the decision to even completely say good-bye to single-use plastics.
There are more than 14,000 U.S. McDonalds locations so the move is extremely encouraging but there is still a long way to go till plastic waste does not become a problem. McDonalds has yet to announce what they will be replacing plastic with either.
No word yet on what materials the burger chain will experiment with at its more than 14,000 U.S. locations.
On top of the testing in the U.S., McDonald’s will test alternative straw options in its Australia, Sweden, Norway and France locations as well.
You can start making a difference by choosing not to eat at establishments that choose to overuse plastic waste or just say no to items such as straws. The demand for change is starting to be heard but we need to continue to push.