McDonald’s news: Fast food chain aims to reduce use of plastic straws and tests new strawless lid
Like the McRib, straws may be a thing of the past at McDonald’s.
The chain has begun testing strawless lids in select U.S. cities as part of a multi-year effort to make its packaging more environmentally friendly.
“These lids help optimize our packaging and eliminate the use of small plastics, just one example of the many solutions we are looking at as part of our ongoing global commitment to reduce waste,” a McDonald’s spokesperson said in a statement.
The plastic lids have a pull tab to prevent the drink from splashing out. To drink it, customers must remove the tab and insert it into a small opening. It is similar to the Starbucks “sippy cup” lid that has been in use for three years.
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Restaurant Business Online, which first noticed McDonald’s new lids, spotted the new lids being tested in Minneapolis. Customers can still request a straw if needed, according to the report.
Over the past few years, fast food chains in particular have been trying to find ways to reduce waste and go green. In particular, plastic straws can increase ocean pollution and microplastics that can harm marine wildlife, CNN reported.
McDonald’s set a goal in 2018 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its offices and restaurants by 36% between 2015 and 2030. In 2021, the chain replaced some of its plastic Happy Meal toys with toys in 3D paper that customers can put together by themselves.
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