UK McDonald's fans outraged at company's move to paper straws

McDonald's fans across the UK and Ireland are outraged at the corporation's move to replace plastic straws with paper alternatives.

The move follows a successful trial completed across the UK earlier this year, and the company says there has been positive feedback about the new paper straws.

Michael Gove, the UK Secretary for Environment, called the change a "significant contribution" to helping the environment and the move was "a fine example to other large businesses", the BBC reports.

But many Maccas fans are not on board with the change, with many facing issues when it comes to sucking up a milkshake through a paper straw.

One Twitter user tweeted they now knows what it is like to suck on a tampon.

"I've never wanted to know what sucking on a tampon is like, but now I've tried the new cardboard drinking straws at McDonalds I've got a pretty good idea," they wrote.

A petition has emerged demanding the return of plastic straws, and has already gained 30 000 signatures.

Other McDonald's fans are outraged that some people are causing a fuss about a move that is being made to help the environment.

One person suggested on Twitter McDonald's fans should get a reusable straw if using a plastic straw was so "traumatic".

A spokesperson from McDonalds UK told the Mirror Online their suppliers have made straws that should last at least 30 minutes.

"They were introduced following customer feedback, and we are pleased to be doing the right thing in removing plastic from our restaurants," the spokesperson said.

McDonald's New Zealand made a move to reduce plastic waste last year, by only providing straws when they were requested.

Fibre-based straws are also being trialled in Orewa, Havelock North and Queenstown.

McDonald's New Zealand has committed to the "Scale for Good" global initiative, which aims for 100 percent of guest packaging to come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025.