Single-use Plastic Straw banning
Penang: In an effort to reduce plastic waste, chain restaurants around the world have been encouraging customers to stop using plastic straws.
McDonald's Malaysia has also jumped on the bandwagon by introducing a 'Say No To Straws' campaign, starting Aug 1.
Although an official statement has yet to be released by the fast food giant, some branches in Bangsar and Penang have already put up signs informing customers that plastic straws will no longer be provided beginning next month, unless specifically requested at the counter.
While the crackdown on plastic also involves carrier bags and disposable coffee cups, straws are the number one target on the list, detrimental to marine life everywhere.
The journey to eliminate the use of single-use plastic products has been a tumultuous one. There are practical initiatives in place to curb the use of plastic including implementing plastic bag-free days, charging a fee for carrier bags, and also switching to paper based food packaging for takeaways. People are gradually becoming increasingly aware, though it is progressing rather slowly.