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McDonald's will keep using plastic straws, but is studying alternatives

McDonald's will keep using plastic straws, but is studying alternatives

For now anyway, McDonald’s is not phasing out plastic straws in its U.S. restaurants.

A shareholder proposal directing McDonald’s to re-evaluate its use of straws was overwhelmingly voted down at the global fast food chain’s annual meeting Thursday in suburban Oak Brook. Despite grabbing headlines this week, the proposal only garnered about 8 percent of shareholder votes, according to preliminary results. McDonald’s says it’s already been working to find alternatives to plastic straws.

Plastic straws are difficult to recycle and often end up in the ocean, according to groups fighting to eliminate their usage. One YouTube video of a straw being extracted from a sea turtle's...

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