The announcement comes fresh off the back of raised awareness around single-use plastic in Australia. Last week Starbucks announced it would be eliminating plastic straws from all its store within two years, and Woolworths has pledged to stop selling plastic straws by the end of 2018. Australians use around 10 million straws every day, according to environmental groups, so this announcement is a win for the environment.
McDonald’s director of supply chain Robert Sexton issued a statement on July 19, 2018 confirming the burger chain’s commitment to ridding its operations of plastic straws, which comes ahead of the ABC’s anti-garbage programme War on Waste episode featuring McDonalds in a particularly unflattering light.
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