The queen was not pleased, and the Irish seemed upset as well. So, McDonald’s halted its use of plastic straws and put paper straws in its franchises in Ireland and the U.K. However, it turns out that the high-and-mighty and marketable switch to paper from plastic turned out to be, well, silly. The paper straws are recyclable, but they are too difficult to process. So, McDonald’s ends up just throwing the paper straws away. Those old, evil, environmentally unconscious plastics straws were 100% recyclable. In the meantime, customers are signing a petition to bring back the plastic straws. One Irishman put it this way when asked why he wants a return to plastic, “So I can drink my milkshake proper.”
Thanks to the Washington Examiner for highlighting this tale of good intentions gone south.