Update: Making That Change Happen – Breaking: McDonald’s

From: Sondhya Gupta, SumOfUs.org <us@sumofus.org>
Date: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 10:21 PM
Subject: Breaking: McDonald’s




Incredible. Thanks to you, McDonald’s UK and Ireland will begin transitioning to paper straws in all of its restaurants starting in September!

And more than that, McDonald’s has also begun testing alternatives to plastic straws in Belgium, and has just announced similar trials will start in the U.S., France, Sweden, Norway and Australia later this year. In addition, it will begin tests to offer straws upon request only in several countries including Malaysia.

You have made one of the world’s largest corporations take notice and change its ways. Thank you.

There is still more to do. McDonald’s needs to push out these changes everywhere it operates — while ensuring it continues to cater for disabled people (many of whom need a straw) in all its outlets. And of course, McDonald’s and all corporations need to take urgent and sustained action to tackle the plastic pollution crisis they’ve helped create.

But for today: thank you so much for everything you’ve done that made this change possible!

Here’s a special video message for you from marine biologist and SumOfUs member Dr. Elaine Leung, who’s seen first hand the devastation ocean plastics can create:

screenshot of our report back video with Dr. Elaine Leung

If you don’t use Facebook, click here to watch the video on YouTube.

Thanks for all that you do,
Sondhya, Elaine, Anna, Tom and the team at SumOfUs

P.S: Regular donations mean that we are ready to leap into action at a moment’s notice to take on big companies like McDonald’s. Can you chip in a few coins each month to make sure we can keep the pressure on McDonald’s over its plastic pollution?

More information:

McDonald’s Announces Rollout of Paper Straws in the UK and Ireland and New Trials in Commitment to Find Solutions for Plastic Straws Globally, McDonald’s, 15 June 2018
McDonald’s to switch to paper straws in UK after customer campaign, The Guardian, 15 June 2018


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