Australians, will be sipping their drinks through a paper straw at McDonald’s pretty soon as a part of McDonald’s save environment by keeping it plastic free. One week after Starbucks announced it would phase out plastic straws by 2020, McDonald’s has unveiled similar plans to phase them out in Australia by the same year.
The fast good giant will roll out the ban to its 970 restaurants around the country over the next four years, and the first trials will begin in August 2018.
The full global switch to paper straws will only be taking place in Australia, the UK and Ireland for now, but McDonald’s confirmed testing of alternatives has already begun in Belgium, and will begin later this year in the US, France, Sweden and Norway.
The ban is all part of McDonald’s global sustainability strategy, which runs parallel to mounting public pressure on takeaway companies to limit their single-use plastic straws and containers in order to reduce marine pollution.
“As one of the world’s largest restaurant businesses, we know we have the responsibility and opportunity to make significant change,” said Robert Sexton, McDonald’s Australia Director of Supply Chain, in a press statement.