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McDonald's makes plastic straws into art

McDonald's Canada has begun a promotion in support of its adoption of paper straws. The effort consists of a series of artworks made of leftover plastic straws. The art was produced in association with The Rogerie of Kelowna, BC and created by a national group of 15 Canadian and Indigenous artists. The artworks take the form of limited edition serving trays that will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities Houses nationally, to be displayed or auctioned for operating funds.

Participating artists Nicole Wolf, Ray Dak Lam, Jarett Sitter, Tierney Milne, Justin Currie, Chris Morin, Monika Melnychuk, Rachel Joanis, Mateusz Napieralski, Ryan Pooman, Genevieve Andersen, Anne-Julie Dudemaine, Kirsten Stackhouse, Bella Seonyoung Heo and Elana Camille.

“In the spirit of reducing waste being sent to landfill, we challenged ourselves to find an inventive and out-of-the-box way to give some of these plastic straws a ‘second act,’” said Gemma Pryor, senior director of the Canada Impact Team at McDonald's Canada. “Thanks to these artists, they can live on as something beautiful. Removing single-use plastic straws from restaurants is just one of the initiatives McDonald's Canada has undertaken. From reducing napkin size by twenty per cent in 2019, to trialing an electric vehicle as part of the supply chain distribution fleet earlier this year, we're continuing to explore opportunities to make important changes in the Canadian system.”

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