Banning plastic straws is hitting the headlines worldwide -- just this week Scottish politicians called for laws against straws, that are choking the country’s coastline and killing marine life.

McDonald’s is one of the worst polluters, destroying our precious oceans with millions of one-time-use plastic straws every day. That’s why over 250,000 SumOfUs members are already taking it on. Will you join the global outcry?

Take action now, tell McDonald's to live up to its sustainability commitments and ban plastic straws that pollute our oceans.

McDonald's is a huge, powerful corporation. If it took a stand against plastic straws it would be an industry game-changer, with other fast food outlets bound to follow suit. McDonald’s is also one of the official sponsors of this year’s Winter Olympics, giving us the perfect opportunity to shine a light on the corporation’s horrible environmental impact.

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McDonald's millions-a-day straw habit is choking our oceans with plastic.

Tell the fast food giant to ditch plastic straws today!

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McDonald's uses millions of plastic straws every single day. Used for just a few seconds, then thrown away, many end up polluting our oceans.

Small, light and hard to avoid, it’s no wonder plastic straws dumped into the sea cause serious harm to marine animals. They get stuck in sea turtles’ nostrils, lodged in the stomachs of seabirds and end up in our food chain after being eaten by fish.

If we can get McDonald's to ditch its dirty habit, we can stop millions of plastic straws clogging up our oceans and killing the animals that live in them.

Tell McDonald's to stop using plastic straws that pollute our oceans today

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our oceans, and straws are one of the most common plastic items found in beach cleanups, according to Greenpeace.

A total of 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our seas every year -- that’s the equivalent to five shopping bags of waste on every foot of coastline in the world! And as a result it is estimated that every year a million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals -- such as sea turtles -- die.

Plastic doesn’t degrade, but is broken up into ever smaller pieces. So if that straw isn’t swallowed whole by a large bird or turtle the bits it breaks into can be eaten by fish or fed to chicks starving to death with stomachs full of plastic.

Taking millions of plastic straws out of use would be a major step towards cleaning up our seas and protecting wildlife from this plastic menace.

Take action now, tell McDonald's to stop using plastic straws that pollute our oceans.

We’ve faced huge and powerful corporate players before, and we know that when SumOfUs members like you stand up for what’s right, together we can force them to change. After all we’ve done it before.

We’ve forced McDonald's -- along with companies like Starbucks, and KFC -- to commit to sourcing 100% responsible palm oil. When we expose the ugly side of corporate giants -- like McDonald's -- they take action to protect their brand. And in doing so we score a massive victory for our planet.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Rebecca, Sondhya, Tricia and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Bid to ban use of plastic straws backed by environmentalists, The Herald Scotland 8th January 2018
'Ditch plastic straws' – experts and campaigners on how to cut plastic waste, The Guardian 30 July 2017.
Disturbing turtle video drives UK pub chain to clamp down on plastic straws, The Guardian, 3 May 2017.
Plastic straws usage becomes a public debate issue, Xarxanet, 27 April 2017.
StrawWars.Org The Final Straw, Greenpeace, 10 March 2017.

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