The main franchisee of McDonald’s in the world, Arcos Dorados announced on Thursday that it will stop giving plastic straws in its more than 2,000 restaurants located in Mexico and throughout Latin American countries where they operate.
The decision is an initiative in favor of the conservation of the environment. However, straws can be provided to “those customers who expressly request it for their drink at the counter” in addition they will “continue to provide through McDelivery and AutoMac” said the company.
Arcos Dorados, has a presence in 20 Latin American countries and the Caribbean, which aims to eradicate the consumption of almost 300 tons of plastic material, an approximation based on the pilot project in Colombia, where six out of ten customers preferred to take the drink without a straw.
“We are looking for ways to use our visibility for the benefit of society and the environment. That’s part of the new global objectives of McDonald’s “Scale For Good” platform, which we call “Recipe of the Future” in Latin America,” said Woods Staton, president of the board of directors of Arcos Dorados.
This initiative is part of the evaluation and of the steps taken by the McDonald’s system worldwide, in favor of the transition towards the use of 100% renewable, recyclable or certified containers worldwide until 2025.
McDonalds UK replaced plastic straws with paper straws in all their locations.