Mc­Don­ald’s to phase out plas­tic straws from Septem­ber

Irish Independent - - News - Kirsty Blake Knox

FAST-FOOD gi­ant Mc­Don­ald’s will be­gin the process of phas­ing out plas­tic straws in its Ir­ish restau­rants from Septem­ber.

The com­pany will be switch­ing to pa­per straws in a bid to re­duce plas­tic waste.

It comes af­ter Mc­Don­ald’s moved all its plas­tic straws be­hind the counter to “put the de­ci­sion for use in the hands of the cus­tomer”.

A straw, which is used for only 20 min­utes on average, can take more than 200 years to break down into smaller pieces and of­ten does not fully dis­in­te­grate.

In Amer­ica, 500 mil­lion plas­tic straws are used ev­ery day.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of busi­nesses are re­mov­ing plas­tic straws from their oper­a­tions in a bid to stem plas­tic waste which pol­lutes oceans and harms ma­rine wildlife such as turtles and fish.

Last week, Ikea an­nounced it aims to phase out all sin­gle-use plas­tic prod­ucts from its stores and restau­rants by 2020.

A new sum­mer ini­tia­tive in West­port, Co Mayo, and Kil­kee, Co Clare, has re­sulted in busi­ness own­ers in both towns switch­ing en­tirely to com­postable pack­ag­ing.

In May, the Restau­rants As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land called on its 2,500 mem­bers to im­ple­ment a ban on sin­gleuse straws.

TD De­nis Naugh­ten wel­comed Mc­Don­ald’s en­vi­ron­men­tally con­sci­en­tious de­ci­sion.

He said the news was a “clear demon­stra­tion that large com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions are tak­ing their en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously”.

Mr Naugh­ten said Mc­Don­ald’s was “mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion by elim­i­nat­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics”.

United Na­tions fig­ures show eight mil­lion tonnes of plas­tic – bot­tles, pack­ag­ing and other waste – en­ter the ocean each year.

Pa­per straws will be brought in

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