McDonald’s bans plastic straws, vows 40% plastics cut

McDonalds Spain to stop providing plastic straws in all its restaurants on 24th February. Photo: El Confidencial
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McDonald’s Spain has announced that as of 24th February it will no longer provide plastic straws to customers, part of its plan to cut overall consumption of plastics in packaging provided to its customers by 40 percent by end-2020.

The announcement was accompanied by the launch of an auction on eBay of what will be the last plastic straw made available by McDonald’s in Spain, with proceeds of the auction to go to social projects in Spain funded by the Ronald McDonald Foundation. As of Tuesday morning, bidding on the last plastic McDonald’s straw had already reached 31,500 euros.


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According to McDonald’s, the move to cut plastics consumption by customers of its 509 restaurants across Spain is part of its “Happy Change” sustainability strategy, which will is focused on achieving greater energy efficiency and encouraging electric mobility, while lessening the impact on the environment and promoting recycling of its packaging.

As part of its efforts, company spokespersons said McDonald’s currently uses renewable energy in 95 percent of its restaurants and in corporate headquarters in Spain and will increase the use of energy from renewable sources to 100 percent of its facilities by year-end. In addition, the company said it intends to increase the current 80 percent of all drinks containers made of recycled paper to 100 percent by end-2020.

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On the electric mobility front, the company says that through an agreement with Spanish energy companies Endesa and Iberdrola, this year it will install more than 75 electric-vehicle charging points in the parking lots of McDonald’s restaurants, with plans to increase that number to as many as 150 next year.

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