Much like McRib, straws may be a thing of the past at McDonald’s.
The chain has begun testing straw-free lids in several U.S. cities as part of a multi-year effort to make packaging more environmentally friendly.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said, “These lids help optimize packaging and eliminate the use of small pieces of plastic. This is being considered as part of our ongoing global efforts to reduce waste. It’s just one example of many solutions available.”
The plastic lid has a pull-back tab to keep your drink from splattering. To drink from it, customers have to pull the tab back and plug it into a small opening.
Restaurant Business Online, which first noticed McDonald’s new lid, spotted the new lid being tested in Minneapolis. Customers can request straws if needed, the report said.
Over the last few years, fast food chains in particular have tried to find ways to reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly. In particular, plastic straws can contribute to marine pollution and microplastics that can harm marine life.
McDonald’s set a goal in 2018 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its offices and restaurants by 36% between 2015 and 2030. In 2021, the chain switched some of its plastic Happy Meal toys for his 3D paper-based toys that customers can place on them. together.
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