A familiar sight at your local Maccas is on the way out, with the fast food giant planning to roll out the change in 970 restaurants nationwide.

Source: McDonald’s plan to ditch plastic straws by 2020

Australians will soon be slurping their McDonald’s thickshakes through paper straws after the company announced it would phase out plastic straws over the next two years.

Environmentalists say the move is a step in the right direction.

A trial of paper straws will start in August in two outlets, the fast-food giant announced on Wednesday, and the change will roll out to all 970 restaurants nationwide by 2020.

McDonald’s says the trial is part of a larger, long-term global effort to identify viable, sustainable alternatives to its single-use plastic straws.

Biogone offers a wide range of colourful paper straws that are popular with cafes and children.