McDonald’s announces end of plastic straws in the UK and Ireland

The restaurant chain is also testing alternatives in other European locations. Other organizations, including Royal Caribbean and Ikea, have also gotten rid of single-use plastic.

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It’s the last straw—for plastic, that is.

McDonald’s recently announced that it was phasing out plastic straws at certain European locations and vowed to remove them in its United Kingdom and Ireland locations by the end of 2019.

The Guardian reported:

The decision by the US fast-food chain to switch from plastic to paper straws follows a trial at a number of outlets in the past two months. The firm uses around 1.8m straws a day in the UK.

The switch will affect McDonald’s 1,361 outlets in the UK, but not the rest of its 36,000 restaurants worldwide.

However, McDonald’s said it is looking for solutions in other countries.

Fortune reported:

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