McDonald’s switching to paper straws in U.K., Ireland

McDonald's announced it will begin testing plastic straw alternatives in the U.S. and transitioning to paper straws in the U.K

The company, which has also been testing alternatives in Belgium, will begin trials in select restaurants in the U.S., France, Sweden and Norway later this year as it seeks to source more of its packaging across the globe from recycled sources.

McDonald's says it will start using paper straws instead of plastic at all its locations across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

McDonald's is to replace plastic drinking straws with paper in all of its United Kingdom and Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) branches.

McDonald's executive Paul Pomroy says customers welcome the switch from plastic straws to paper as long as it does not impact their experience when visiting the restaurant.

McDonald's uses 1.8 million straws each day at its 1,361 restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

A statement said: "Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws".

Brooks Koepka claims back-to-back US Open victories
Koepka would step off the green victorious at Shinnecock Hills, but he certainly got some help from the grandstand. Brooks Koepka finished off a great weekend at Shinnecock Hills with his second straight U.S.

WILD ATTACK: Georgia grandmother strangles rabid bobcat with bare hands
After that her son came with a gun and knife and went bludgeoning the animal, which of course lay motion less. Last Thursday, Phillips says she walked outside her Hart County, Georgia home and saw a bobcat under her SUV.

Banksy print stolen in Toronto, police investigating theft
He passes through two large galleries in the midst of being installed before arriving at a wall hung with several framed prints. A thief has been caught on camera stealing Banksy's " Trolley Hunter " print from an art exhibition in Canada.

Eric Goldstein, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the announcement from as big a company as McDonald's reflects the growing tide of concern about single-use plastics worldwide.

The flurry of commitments comes as efforts to eliminate single-use plastic intensify.

Governments are also getting in on the plastic straw ban act. The SumOfUs campaign called for McDonald's to stop using plastic straws as they are an enormous expense to the ocean and marine life.

The European Union moved last month to ban 10 items - including plastic cutlery, straws and cotton swabs - by 2030 in a bid to clean up the oceans.

More than 60 music festivals, including Bestival, have also committed to eradicating plastic straws from all of their sites by 2021. She urged Commonwealth countries to commit to the fight against plastic waste at a meeting in London.

An estimated 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the USA -that's more than the number of people living in this country by almost 200 million. Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson argued that plastic straws can help disabled people drink without assistance.


  • Giuliani calls for an end to 'impeachment' talk

    Giuliani calls for an end to 'impeachment' talk

    According to Giuliani, Trump is not considering pardoning Cohen or Manafort, but may change his mind. Even so, the Justice Department's Inspector General found no fault in the decision announced by Mr.
    First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Kern for 2018

    First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Kern for 2018

    The division monitors and controls mosquitoes at approximately 2,400 mosquito breeding sources throughout Ventura County. Vector control officials have netted mosquito samples in eastern and western county areas where the virus was present.
    Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano destroys 467 homes

    Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano destroys 467 homes

    The National Weather Service reported heavy vog, or volcanic smog, blanketing the inner and southern parts of the island. Thousands were evacuated and hundreds of homes have been destroyed since the eruption began in May.
  • May: I have listened to rebels over Brexit bill

    May: I have listened to rebels over Brexit bill

    The result of this vote could see the parliament given more power in the Brexit deal if no deal is reached by November. Theresa May's Government has tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which has angered Remainer MPs.
    Next BMW 2 Series: coupe stays RWD; other models FWD; Cabrio axed

    Next BMW 2 Series: coupe stays RWD; other models FWD; Cabrio axed

    Near-field communication technology allows 8 Series owners to use the BMW digital key to unlock the vehicle with a smartphone. There's an nearly completely flat underbody with active air control including air shutters behind the double-kidney grille.
    Gisele Bündchen Explains How PETA Changed Her Mind

    Gisele Bündchen Explains How PETA Changed Her Mind

    She said: 'It's not my generation - I have to be honest about that. They're little Bostonians, and they love the weather. The supermodel is also not a fan of Instagram .
  • 5 dead as SUV chased by Border Patrol crashes in South Texas

    He would not confirm if any of the patients had died. 5 immigrants killed in rollover crash in Dimmit, Texas. Boyd told WOAI a wall needs to be build because illegal immigration is "a real problem" in the area.
    Korea's vice foreign minister heads to United States  for talks on N. Korea

    Korea's vice foreign minister heads to United States for talks on N. Korea

    After all, the US president has told the world that Kim is "very smart" and "honorable" and "wants to do the right thing". He stated: "I don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family". "We have a great chemistry together".
    Canada Goose (GOOS) Downgraded to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

    Canada Goose (GOOS) Downgraded to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

    Elephas Investment Management Ltd bought a new position in shares of Canada Goose in the fourth quarter worth about $17,208,000. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock.
  • Prince George Plays with a Toy Gun/ Leaves Leftists Outraged

    Prince George Plays with a Toy Gun/ Leaves Leftists Outraged

    The little royal snuggled close to her mummy and wiped her face before being put down. It's Harry's then two-year-old cousin, Princess Beatrice.
    World Cup goal celebrations ‘cause earthquake’ in Mexico City

    World Cup goal celebrations ‘cause earthquake’ in Mexico City

    "If we understand that tomorrow is just a normal football match, we have great chances". "If we play out our ideas then we have players who are able to deliver", Loew added.
    Cig Flavorings May Damage Lining of Blood Vessels

    Cig Flavorings May Damage Lining of Blood Vessels

    Limitations include the fact that testing did not heat all the flavorings or include other chemicals used in e-cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration is considering regulating flavors in tobacco and nicotine products.


Latest news

National Basketball Association could change one-and-done rule by 2021
Under the one-and-done rule, which started in 2005, players must be out of high school for a year or be 19 to be eligible for the draft.

Phil Mickelson declines to comment on 13th hole controversy at US Open
The five-time major-winner was penalised two strokes under rule 14-5 that bars a player from "making a stroke at a moving ball". With the two-shot penalty, he was given a sextuple-bogey 10 on the hole and was 10 over for his round.

US First Lady Joins Lawmakers In Call To End Migrant Family Separations
I don't think you have to justify it", former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". President Donald Trump took office, when he issued his first order signalling a tougher approach to asylum-seekers.

Multi-state salmonella outbreak tracked to Honey Smacks cereal
NY has recorded the highest number of outbreak cases (7), followed by California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania (5 each). High-risk people include children younger than 5 years, adults older than 65, and people with weakened immune systems.

Aquaman: First look at Black Manta surfaces
Out of all the new details that surfaced today, the oddest bit is what Nicole Kidman looks like in her costume as Queen Atlanna . While the photo doesn't actually show Mateen in the Black Manta suit, it does show him looking at the iconic Black Manta helmet.

Nakajima puts Alonso's Toyota on provisional pole at Le Mans
With its 17 factory-backed cars, this class should be producing the most enthralling action, but continues to frustrate observers. The No.8 Toyota , with drivers Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso will start from pole position on race day.

Lacklustre Germany beat Saudi Arabia 2-1
In the 57th minute, Joachim Low brought on Gundogan - with the Manchester City midfielder receiving a hostile reception in front of his home fans.

Fernando Alonso and Toyota win Le Mans 24 hour race
Alonso's victory completes the second part of motorsport's "triple crown" for the two-time Formula 1 world champion. A Toyota victory had been widely predicted after last year's champions Porsche withdrew from the 2018 edition.

Saudi footballers to be penalized for heavy defeat by Russian Federation
Three quick points on Russian Federation 5-0 Saudi Arabia in their Group A opener at the World Cup on Thursday afternoon. First-half substitute Denis Cheryshev scored his first global goals in the 43rd and 90+1 minutes in World Cup opener.

Apple has made resolving issues easier with the Support app
Since all of Apple's operating systems-macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS-are being updated , I'll address them one at a time. The year earlier, another bitcoin wallet app by a cryptocurrency trade company known as Coinbase was also de-recorded.

Musk's company to build airport express system for Chicago
Chicago Transit Authority is undertaking a $492m investment to modernise the Blue Line of the metro, which now serves the airport. Details remained to be hammered out, including the exact route of The Chicago Express Loop.

Brazil set to change their captain for Switzerland match
Coutinho and Neymar combined on the left channel, with the latter sending in a cross for Paulinho. Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said: "We're not here to make a lovely match but to win it".

Trump administration adopts border policy previously spurned as inhumane
Later Friday afternoon, Trump urged Democrats to work with him for a tough immigration bill. The issue is causing a growing political storm for the Trump administration.

Ian Poulter rages at Shinnecock set-up and American fans at US Open
Daniel Berger , Tony Finau , Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson were tied for the lead at 3-over entering the final round of U.S. Few could have predicted at the start of the day that Berger and Finau would find themselves in the final pairing on Sunday.

Risdon on VAR penalty: 'I got the ball'
After a check with the VAR, a controversial penalty was awarded for Risdon hauling down Antoine Griezmann in the second half. France opened up its 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Group C with a win, but it didn't look sharp in doing so.

Other news