McDonald’s customers in the U.K. demand a return to plastic straws
A group of McDonald’s customers in the U.K. is demanding the hamburger chain bring back plastic straws. McDonald’s U.K. began phasing out plastic straws in September and transitioning to paper straws, amid pressure from consumers, environmental groups, and in anticipation of new regulations on single-use plastic items. But as Munchies reports, 39,000 people have now signed an online petition asking the company to reinstate their beloved polypropylene drinking tubes. The petition includes some super compelling arguments like the fact that plastic straws allow people to drink a “milkshake proper” and “paper straws go all soggy in your drink.” While the number of pro-plastic straw signatures might seem impressive, a Sum of Us petition last year calling on McDonald’s to abandoned plastic straws fetched nearly 500,000 online signatures. Numbers don’t seem to be on the side of the pro-plastic posse.
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