McDonald’s is in the process of replacing plastic straws with paper alternatives at all of its 1,361 restaurants across the UK and Ireland.
The move to reduce their environmental impact has been widely praised, and the company says there has been positive feedback about the new paper straws.
But some fans aren’t happy, and they believe there’s a big issues with the new versions when it comes to enjoying a tasty milkshake.
A petition demanding the return of plastic straws, regardless of the environmental impact, has been signed by almost 30,000 people.
But others are outraged that people are kicking up such a fuss about the change, which has been made to help the environment.
One angry milkshake lover wrote: “With the paper straws they are fine for coke but the other day I had a milkshake and I struggled so so much that I ended up getting one of my own plastic straws at home.”
Another added: “I signed because the straws dissolve in your juice after 5 mins and its just disgusting.”
People have also taken to social media to share their frustration.
However others are outraged that people are calling for plastic to be brought back, and are trying to remind people why the swap has been made.
A spokesman told Mirror Online: “Our suppliers have made us paper straws that last at least 30 minutes in most, if not all liquids.
“They were introduced following customer feedback, and we are pleased to be doing the right thing in removing plastic from our
The announcement that paper straws would be introduced was made in June last year.
Speaking at the time, CEO Paul Pomroy said: “Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants. Over the past few months we’ve been working closely with supplier partners to find a solution that works both for our customers, and that the supply is there given the size of our business.
“The Government’s ambitious plans, combined with strong customer opinion, has helped to accelerate the move away from plastic and I’m proud that we’ve been able to play our part in helping to achieve this societal change.”
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Congratulations to McDonald’s on making this significant contribution to help our natural environment.
“We all have a responsibility to our environment and this simple yet effective initiative is a fine example to other large businesses.
“McDonald’s has made a significant investment in UK manufacturing to produce an alternative to plastic, showing British businesses are taking a global lead.”