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McDonald’s to switch to paper straws in U.K., Ireland

McDonald’s Canada will monitor market tests

McDonald’s plans to switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom, and Ireland and test another ‘sustainable’ alternative in the U.S. McDonald’s Canada said it will monitor the markets before making any decisions.(Neil Hall/Reuters)

It also plans to test alternatives to plastic straws in its restaurants in France, Sweden and Norway.

Environmental activists welcomed the move. Louise Edge, a campaigner with Greenpeace U.K., said it was a small move that anticipates a potential government ban, “but the scale of the fast food giant means this move will have impact.”

In Canada, McDonald’s said it planned to monitor the market tests to understand the impact the changes may have before making any specific decisions.

Last week, rival burger chain A&W Food Services of Canada Inc., said it would eliminate all plastic straws from its restaurants by the end of this year.

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