McDonald’s S’pore switches to straw-free lids for all cold drink paper cups – Mothership.SG

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The red and yellow striped straws have been one of McDonald’s unique identifiers over the years.

Well, that is about to change, as McDonald’s Singapore announced that all cold drink cups will ship with straw-free lids on their social media platforms on December 10.

Out with the straws, with the spouted lids

The announcement comes after McDonald’s Singapore hinted that there would be no straw on December 9.

Image from McDonald’s Singapore / Facebook.

The organization revealed that the paper cups for cold drinks would have spouted lids.

Video from McDonald’s Singapore / Facebook.

While McDonald’s Singapore has not shared any photos of the new lid, a commenter on Facebook has attached a photo of the spouted lids in Malaysia.

Here is a close-up of the photo:

Image from Eilis Lim / Facebook.

Here’s what we found when we went to one of the outlets here.

Image by Fiona Tan.

Image by Fiona Tan.

Image by Fiona Tan.

McDonald’s flawless movement has met with mixed reactions

McDonald’s decision to go straw-free has met with mixed reactions, with some hoping the straw will stay.

Screenshot of McDonald’s Singapore / Facebook.

Screenshot of McDonald’s Singapore / Facebook.

Others were skeptical and expressed that McDonald’s should go further in its environmental efforts.

Screenshot of McDonald’s Singapore / Facebook.

Screenshot of McDonald’s Singapore / Facebook.

There were also a handful of reviewers who were really concerned about the effect of the spouted lid on the milkshake drinking experience and just didn’t know how to go about it.

Screenshot of McDonald’s Singapore / Facebook.

Screenshot of McDonald’s Singapore / Facebook.

In a 2019 pilot test, 10 McDonald’s outlets in Singapore phased out plastic straws and disposables for some time.

At these outlets, single-use plastic items, such as plastic bags, cutlery, saucers and McFlurry cups, have been replaced with more sustainable alternatives.

Food grade paper wrappers and cutlery, as well as food grade wooden stirrers were also used.

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