McDonald's, switch to biodegradable paper straws!

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Plastic straws are convenient and, but the US goes through 500 million straws every day. They are too small to be easily recycled, don't biodegrade, make up a huge portion of ocean trash, and harm animals. "By 2050 oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish (by weight), and the entire plastics industry will consume 20% of total oil production, and 15% of the annual carbon budget."

McDonald's is the largest fast food chain by market share with annual US revenue of over $8.6 billion, and $24.6 billion worldwide. McDonald's made a huge impact when they switched from styrofoam cups and containers to paper cups. Do the same again and get rid of plastic straws. Replace them with biodegradable paper straws and switch to a model of asking people whether they need a straw, rather than automatically including one with a drink purchase. 

McDonald's alone making this change would have a tremendous environmental impact. 

 



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