McDonald’s Shareholders Vote to Keep Distributing Plastic Straws

 McDonald’s shareholders rejected a proposal to take the first step in banning plastic straws at its 36,000 outlets worldwide. The proposal, published in an SEC filing in April, would have required the fast food giant to prepare a report on the business risks of using plastic straws, and the company’s …

Vancouver Bans Plastic Straws, Foam Cups and Containers

Vancouver has become the first major Canadian city to adopt a ban on a range of single-use plastics. Starting June 1, 2019, the distribution of plastic drinking straws and polystyrene foam cups and take-out containers will be prohibited. The initiative is part of the city’s ambitious “Zero Waste 2040” strategy …

Stop Whining that Your Plastic Straws Are Disappearing

The war on plastic waste is in full swing, and plastic straws appear to be the fiFplasricrst to fall. You’d think these ubiquitous tubes of plastic would be easily vanquished: they’re one of the top items found strewn on beaches and in the stomachs of marine animals. And they seem …

Iceland Supermarket Commits to Eliminating Plastic Within Five Years

Iceland Foods has committed to removing all plastic from its brand-name products within the next five years and replacing it with recyclable materials such as pulp and paper. The UK-based supermarket chain is the first major retailer in the country to commit to a complete elimination of plastic. “The world …

Brits to Throw Out 100 Million Plastic Straws and Cups this Christmas

New research has this week estimated that the British public will use almost 300 million plastic straws and cups over the festive party season, with a third of the resulting waste not being recycled. A survey of over 2,000 people commissioned by Sky as part of its Ocean Rescue campaign …

Wetherspoons Bans Plastic Straws

JD Wetherspoons has announced it will stop using plastic straws across its 900 pubs in the UK and Ireland by the end of this year, in a bid to curb plastic pollution. Instead it will switch to biodegradeable paper straws, with staff at the pub chain reducing the use of …

Seattle to Ban Plastic Straws, Utensils at Restaurants Next Year

Starting next year, Seattle restaurants will no longer provide plastic straws and plastic utensils to its patrons after a 2010 ordinance finally takes effect. “As of July 1, 2018, food services businesses should not be providing plastic straws or utensils,” Sego Jackson, the strategic advisor for Waste Prevention and Product …