McDonalds explore environment-friendly alternatives to plastic straws
Fast food giant McDonald said it has been in the works of finding a new substitute for plastic straws, a plan that is in line with the firm’s overall pursuit of going green.
The response comes in the wake of a shareholder’s request that McDonald’s re-evaluate its use of the environmentally damaging product. The proposal, elevated at the company’s recent annual meeting at the suburban Oak Brook, was massively rejected, winning only 8% of shareholders’ votes.
If implemented across McDonald’s 37,000 globals restaurants, such move will create significant impact on the environment.
Recycling plastic straws has been a challenge to several businesses around the world. Failing to succeed in the task has led to a massive volume of plastics thrown into water bodies where its presence poses risks of eliminating life underwater.
However, saving the planet by further reducing the use of plastic straws may also effectively come through legislative efforts, one state or city at a time.
At present, Seattle, Miami Beach, Florida, and Malibu, California, already have bans in place. New York is the latest to make a stride in joining the fray as its councilman introduced Wednesday a bill banning plastic straws.