McDonald's has done that thing where it hears what you, the people, are saying. It has heard that the little people it feeds are getting fed up of seeing plastic everywhere, and it is therefore going to start its own war on plastic drinking straws.
It is not exactly rushing into anything though, as it's currently planning a trial use of paper straws in a handful of restaurants from this May. Wow. World saved. Dolphin population through the roof. You'd think ordering a different type of straw would be as easy as getting on the phone to the wholesaler, but apparently not. Apparently it needs a trial and takes months.
What McDonald's will be doing NOW to ease the transition away from plastic drinking tubes is hiding the straws, so children don't see them and go berserk at the idea of sucking something up. UK boss Paul Pomroy told Sky News that: "Customers have told us that they don't want to be given a straw and that they want to have to ask for one, so we're acting on that. Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we're moving those straws behind the front counter."
And hot drink lids could be next, thank the lord, with Pomroy adding: "The only thing left for us to move forward on are the lids that go on to our cups. Those are complicated, but we're working with our suppliers to find a solution to that. We're really close, so we hope within the next year to be able to have a lid that's recyclable and serves the same purpose -- for hot and cold drinks." [Sky News]