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McDonald’s will replace plastic straws with a paper alternative across all UK restaurants. The policy will come into effect September, 2018, making the fast-food brand the latest major company to start taking action against single-use plastic products.

According to figures cited by the BBC, McDonald’s (UK) uses 1.8 million straws a day. It is quite a staggering figure, one which has raised further concern by campaigners. Perceived as a very positive step by the fast-food retailer, Greenpeace has called for further action, challenging McDonald’s to show it is committed in concern about plastic pollution by banning the use of plastic straws globally.

This is a positive step from @McDonalds but stronger action is needed – if they’re serious about helping to #EndOceanPlastics McDonalds must ditch plastic straws globally (not just in the UK) & urgently eliminate all unnecessary or difficult to recycle plastic from their stores. https://t.co/tLt6Z29O7K— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) June 15, 2018

The move from McDonald’s follows a successful trial of paper and biodegradable alternatives, in addition to a recent announcement regarding broader plastic packaging concerns. The company has cited both government leadership and shifting consumer demands as part of the inspiration for the new policy.

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