Why I hate the Mc Donald’s paper straw. Mc Donald’s need no introduction from me, this global brand has been polluting the world, and our bodies for decades. We are all familiar with those golden arches and the way people judge you for eating it in public. Yes I enjoy a cheeky “Macy D’s”, but I enjoy it begrudgingly.
Why has Mc Donald’s changed to paper straws?
Mc Donald’s has changed to paper straws because they care very much about the environment. Oh no, that’s wrong. They made a switch as a gesture after a public outcry against plastic straws. The reason for this outcry was an episode of blue planet, featuring a turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nose. Ever since Mc Donald’s have only supplied paper straws. Unfortunately, while these straws are biodegradable, they are not recyclable unlike the plastic originals.
Why is this switch to a paper straw not a good move?
While I appreciate that this is going to be a benefit in a small way; there are now fewer straws being used, It is a hypocritical move because it is not a solution to a wider problem, it is instead, the least they could do. The straws are no longer plastic, but the lids on top of the cups are, as are the ice cream lids, spoons and sauce pots. If they really cared about the impact of their business on the environment, they would have found solutions to all these problems as quickly as they swapped straws. It is a classic example of a company making a gesture rather than implementing real change.
Why do I think this is? I believe a lot of it has to do with profitability, but really, I don’t trust that they care at all. If there is a will, there is a way, especially if it is cause worth fighting for.
What can we do about it?
I don’t believe that boycotting works. Every time someone wants to make a point they seem to want to get something banned. Instead, I have written this article – If you want to make a change you must give your ideas a voice and expose what you believe to be true. And I hope that you to reading this will do your own small part in publicly shaming big businesses who wilfully pollute or harm our environment.