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BEIJING, June 15, Xinhua (CNA) -- McDonald's announced on June 15 that 1361 McDonald's stores in Britain and Ireland will expand their plans to ban plastic pipettes and switch to paper pipettes from September。
In recent years, Europe has launched a "plastic reduction" campaign. In January this year, the European Commission announced that by 2030, all plastic packaging in Europe must be recyclable, reduce the use of disposable plastic products, and invest 100 million euros in research funds to promote innovation.
Britain has even joined the Royal Family in the "Plastic Reduction" campaign. Earlier this year, the Royal Family announced that glass bottles were replaced by plastic bottles in the conference rooms and cafes of the Royal Real Estate. Food packaging bags and plastic straws that could not be biodegraded were also banned. Royal employees drink water in glasses during meetings, and cafes open to the public do not provide plastic straws. Employees'canteens will also use ceramic plates, glasses and recyclable paper cups, while food will be packaged in decomposable packaging.
In the folk, there are also many restaurants to promote "plastic reduction". Organizations estimate that the UK uses 8.5 billion pipettes a year, or more than 23 million pipettes a day. McDonald's in Britain alone uses about 1.8 million straws a day.
Some McDonald's outlets in the UK started a pilot program in April to replace plastic pipettes with biodegradable materials, but consumers have to ask for paper pipettes on their own initiative.
McDonald's announced on May 15 that it will expand its paper pipettes to 1361 stores in the UK and Ireland due to the good trial conditions。 Paul Pomroy, chief executive of McDonald's, said the ban was in response to public opinion: "Many customers want us to stop using plastic straws。"
McDonald's plan to ban plastic pipettes is not yet on the road in other stores around the world, but stores in the United States, France and Norway will carry out trial plans.