McDonald’s & KFC Begin Phasing Out Plastic Straws Entirely In Some Outlets

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Two fast food giants have joined the war against plastic by eliminating plastic straws across several of their outlets.

Following earlier news about its trial to replace plastic straws with paper alternatives, McDonald’s recently confirmed that it would be phasing out the provision of plastic straws across its UK and Ireland restaurants.

The Golden Arches currently uses about 1.8 million plastic straws daily across its 1,361 restaurants in the UK and Ireland. The brand will begin the change this September, with plans of completion by 2019.

Meanwhile, KFC Singapore has just announced that it would no longer provide plastic straws and lids for beverages across its 84 restaurants island wide beginning this Wednesday. Plastic drink covers will only be provided for takeaway beverages.

In a press release, KFC Singapore explained that this move, under its ‘No Straws Initiative’, would lead to a sizeable reduction in single-use plastic amounting to 17.8 metric tons in one year.

Lynette Lee, general manager at Kentucky Fried Chicken Management, expressed KFC Singapore’s pleasure at being the first fast food brand in the country to spearhead this green movement. Lee explained that the brand recognizes the strain that single-use plastic is placing on the environment and takes pride in doing its part to encourage change for the better, “one straw at a time.”

Those seeking a convenient and portable alternative to plastic straws can check out the world’s first collapsible and reusable straw that bids goodbye to plastic forever.

You asked, we listened. Paper straws will be rolling out to all UK restaurants from this September!

— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) June 15, 2018

KFC Singapore to stop providing plastic caps and straws for drinks

— Channel NewsAsia (@ChannelNewsAsia) June 18, 2018

[via CNN Money and Channel News Asia, main image via Naypong Studio /]


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