McDonald’s may be ditching plastic straws for good

Trash rests on a table inside a McDonald's
Trash rests on a table inside a McDonald's Photo credit dpa

McDonald’s is knee-deep in the process of eliminating plastic from it’s Happy Meal Toys, but the environmental consciousness is apparently not stopping there.

Several restaurants will be testing new lids that do not require drinking straws, which means McDonald’s may be ditching them altogether.

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The new lids will feature a pullback tab that promotes easy sipping and no spillage.

A representative from McDonald’s told Restaurant Business in a statement, “McDonald's is currently testing strawless lids for our cold beverages in select U.S. markets.

“These lids help optimize our packaging and eliminate the use of small plastics, just one example of the many solutions we're reviewing as part of our ongoing global commitment to reduce waste across restaurants and advance recycling.”

In an attempt to be more environmentally-conscious, McDonald’s switched to paper straws in the United Kingdom in 2018, but the move was quickly met with backlash after it was revealed the new paper straws weren't recyclable after all.

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