McDonalds will start using paper straws at more than 1,300 restaurants in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, part of an overall test to find an alternative to plastic, the company said Tuesday.
The company says it has an overall goal of having 100 percent of its packaging made of renewable, recycled or non-plastic materials by 2025 worldwide.
While starting in Britain and Ireland, the Chicago-based hamburger chain said it will also test non-plastic straws starting later this year in other countries, including the United States.
“McDonald’s is committed to using our scale for good and working to find sustainable solutions for plastic straws globally,” said Francesca DeBiase Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Sustainability. “In addition to the exciting news from the UK today, we are testing straw alternatives in other countries to provide the best experience for our customers. We hope this work will support industry wide change and bring sustainable solutions to scale.”
McDonalds also said in a press release that it is also trying out offering straws only upon request in some locations, including Malaysia.
Chicago, where McDonalds is based, has seen the beginnings of a battle over straws, with several restaurants and museums, and even the Chicago White Sox stadium banning plastic straws.