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McDonald's slowly switching to eco-friendly straws

Posted: 3:18 PM, Jun 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-15 19:18:11Z

McDonald's said Friday it will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and test an alternative to plastic ones in some of its U.S. restaurants later this year. 

The burger chain and other fast-food companies have been facing increasing pressure from customers and environmental activists to stop using plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and harm sea turtles, birds and other marine life.

Paper straws, unlike plastic ones, disintegrate in the environment.