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Turns Out, McDonald’s ‘Eco-Friendly’ Paper Straws Aren’t That Green After All
By Izza Sofia, 06 Aug 2019
Image via Gargantiopa / Shutterstock.com
It turns out that McDonald’s paper straws have yet another design flaw that sucks.
The fast food chain replaced its plastic straws across the UK and Ireland with paper ones last year in a bid to “protect the environment.”
Strangely enough, the fast food restaurant has now admitted that its paper straws are “too thick” to be recycled.
A McDonald’s spokesperson explained that while the straws are made up of recyclable materials, their width makes it hard for waste solution providers to process them.
An internal McDonald’s memo, published by The Sun, also mentioned that the paper straws are “not yet recyclable” and can only be disposed along with general waste.
This has raised concerns, as the paper straws were touted as part of the company’s efforts to protect the earth. In contrast, the previous plastic straws were recyclable, but the company decided to ditch them as the British government aimed to be plastic-free by 2020.
Aside from not being recyclable, the paper straws have not been well-received by customers as they would get soggy in some drinks.
[via CNN, opening image via Gargantiopa / Shutterstock.com]
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