Damn the turtles! 35,000 McDonald’s customers want their plastic straws back

So much for Earth Day.

Just two days after the world came together in the spirit of environmental awareness, a petition to bring back plastic straws topped 35,000 signatures.


“So I can drink my milkshake proper,” explains Martin Reed, the frustrated McDonald’s
customer behind the petition.

Comments piled up, as the horrors of paper straws became apparent:

The frustration spilled over onto Twitter

McDonald’s social-media team has been busy responding to the complaints.

“We completely understand your concerns and can reassure you that whilst paper straws will be introduced to all restaurants,” the company said, “we’ll be working on retaining an alternative option for those that require one.”

The paper-straw controversy has also given rise to a curious development: McDonald’s plastic straws are being listed on eBay

British nonprofit 38 Degrees, whose website hosts the petition, distanced itself from the swirling controversy with this disclaimer:

“This petition has been started by a member of the public and not 38 Degrees. Single use ‘throw away’ plastic like straws, cups and bottles has a huge impact on our environment, it’s clogging up our oceans and polluting our countryside.”

From there, 38 Degrees linked to a separate petition calling for plastic straws to be removed from theaters. It has more than 215,000 signatures.

The whole movement to rid the world of disposable plastic straws has also been joined by heavyweights like Starbucks
and American Airlines
Its beginnings can be traced back to this video, which has now been viewed more than 35 million times:

But are paper straws really the solution? Anybody’s who’s used one to choke down a java chip Frappuccino can answer that.

So, with a plastic-straw ban in Los Angeles taking effect this week, LAist.com came up with some thoughts on the best alternative: Paper, terrible. Metal, also not great. Glass, better. The “clear winner,” however, bamboo.

In the spirit of compromise and pleasing the customer, perhaps McDonald’s could just take a cue from the Georgia Aquarium:

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