MCDONALD’S fans are furious after the fast-food chain announced a major change to McFlurrys.
The company has announced that it will scrap the plastic spoons that come with its famous ice creams, according to a recent post on Facebook.
The post read: “That’s right, we’re cancelling plastic cutlery and replacing it with a new sustainable, paper-based material in all of our restaurants in the UK & Ireland.
The new cutlery, made from pressed paper and compostable, will be rolled out in McDonald’s restaurants in England and Wales from today in a phased approach.
The original plastic spoon has been baffling customers for years, with its chunky, hollow design – but it served a purpose and allowed the ice cream to be mixed by a machine.
It’s unclear as to whether McDonald’s plans to mix Mcflurrys anymore with the move after one customer said: “Nothing worse than an unmixed McFlurry”
Other customers aren’t happy with the move and many have posted their frustrations online.
One customer said on Facebook: “So first itâs soggy straws and now itâs also soggy cutlery!”
“My friend’s spoon wouldn’t even pick up the ice cream,” another said.
Another McFlurry fan said: “Iâll be keeping metal spoons in the car along with the metal straws as the paper ones are pointless!
“Ruins taste and donât work after 2 mins!”
However, one McFlurry fan said after using the new paper-based straws: “Had one yesterday with the new spoon”
“Didn’t go soggy so why not wait to see for yourself before moaning about it”
The move follows the switch being made in restaurants in Scotland and Ireland in the first half of the year.
In 2019, McDonald’s also ditched plastic McFlurry lids, but it kept the plastic spoons at the time.
And a year earlier, it started phasing out plastic straws and replaced them with paper ones.
McDonald’s is not the only company to make switches to tackle eco-damaging practices.
Nestle replaced its Quality Street shiny wrappers with paper-based eco-friendly ones in October.
Bar two of the flavours, all the chocolates are now wrapped in a duller form of waxed, recyclable paper.
Meanwhile, a number of supermarkets have made efforts to help the environment.
Coca-Cola has started rolling out new caps on its bottles to ensure they end up in recycling bins.