McDonald's has been put on blast by Australian customers over their paper straws, with one guy even staging a one-man protest.

People are far from happy...

We should all, by now, be aware of the devastating effects single-use plastic has on our planet.

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The material, which is not biodegradable or recyclable, has been clogging up our oceans, littering our environments, and suffocating our animals for decades.

Our use of plastic has spiraled out of control...

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About one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe, and more than half a billion plastic straws are used every day.

But one of the biggest culprits?

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The good, old-fashioned plastic bottle.

More than sixty million plastic bottles end up in landfills every year...

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And the ones that avoid this fate end up on our beaches and in our oceans.

But efforts to clear up our planet of this plastic waste are higher than ever before.

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In recent years, more and more people have been taking to beaches and other damaged areas to rid the ground and the oceans of single-use plastic waste.

And the use of reusable alternatives to plastic are on the rise...

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More people are cutting down on their plastic use by investing in environmentally-friendly alternatives, such as reusable water bottles and coffee cups.

Sounds great, doesn't it?

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But despite all the good these volunteers do, there are still people out there who seemingly don't care about saving our planet.

People use plastic like there's no tomorrow...

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And many simply discard this plastic into general waste bins instead of recycling.

Fast-food restaurants are big culprits of this...

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As well as using plastic bottles and straws, many fast-food chains also provide plastic cutlery for customers.

But change is finally happening...

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And across the world, fast-food giant McDonald's has implemented paper straws in a bid to reduce single-use plastic waste.

But it seems customers in Australia are far from happy with the change.

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McDonald's made the change in the country last month and estimates it will take five hundred million plastic straws out of circulation per year.

But, it seems critics have had a lot to say after trying out the paper straws...

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One man was so furious, he even staged a protest...

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Yep, that's right. Twenty-three-year-old Jayce Cunning from Queensland was photographed outside Currumundi McDonalds holding up a sign that read "bring back plastic straws."

Jayce claims the now-viral photo was taken as a joke...

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"I wouldn't say I hate the paper straws. I just don't think they are comfortable to drink out of and they go soft and gross after a while," Cunning said. "People have told me drinking frozen drinks and iced coffees are much worse but I haven't had those." There's no doubt the snap made an impact though, despite the intentions.

Regardless of the backlash, there's no denying this is a huge step in the right direction for Australia...

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As per the New Zealand Herald, the Boomerang Alliance and the World Wide Fund Australia said plastic enters Australian oceans at a rate of 130,000 tonnes a year, and with plastic recycling rates only reaching nine percent, they stated federal and state governments must intervene where the market has failed. So, if the paper straws are really that much of a problem - bring your own reusable or straw or take the lid off. Simple. Keep scrolling to learn the amazing method that Italian bars have been using to prevent wasting plastic...