Supermac replaces plastic straws with paper option



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The Supermac's fast food retailer has become the latest outlet to replace plastic straws with paper alternatives.

The new paper stocks will be available in the company's 116 stores.

Managing Director Pat McDonagh said the move is part of a "Glan Agus Glas" [Clean and Green] campaign to eliminate disposable plastics.

Speaking after the announcement was made at Dublin's Supermac's main restaurant, McDonagh said the company introduced recyclable coffee cups and biodegradable hamburger packages last year.

"We recognize the tension that single use plastics are having in our environment and that every bit counts," he said.

"We have already started removing plastic vanes from our 116 stores and have started replacing them with paper ones.

"We have several other initiatives that will be launched next year as well," he added.

Environment Minister Richard Bruton said the move is a practical step toward "a more sustainable path."

"Supermac's decision to remove the plastic straws from its 116 outlets will put the company in a more sustainable position and demonstrate the company's commitment to make progress on this issue," he said.

Last year, McDonald's announced that it was replacing plastic straws at all its outlets in Ireland and the UK, while earlier this week Disneyland Paris announced a similar ban on plastic straws.

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