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Plastic toys ditched by Burger King thanks to campaign from Southampton based schoolgirls

Picture credited to Burger King

Burger King will no longer give away plastic toys with its kids' meals from today, after being spurred on by a petition from two schoolgirls from Southampton.

The fast food giant has made the decision after it was urged it to 'think of the environment' by Ella and Caitlin McEwan.

Their online petition has received hundreds of thousands of signatures.

The girls explained their reasons for their campaign in a message on the petition page:

"We are Ella and Caitlin aged 9 and 7, and we’ve been learning all about the environment at school and the problem of plastic. It made us very sad to see how plastic harms wildlife and pollutes the ocean, and we want to change this. That’s why we want Burger King and McDonald’s to think of the environment and stop giving plastic toys with their kids meals.

"We like to go to eat at Burger King and McDonald’s, but children only play with the plastic toys they give us for a few minutes before they get thrown away and harm animals and pollute the sea. We want anything they give to us to be sustainable so we can protect the planet for us and for future generations.

"After we learned about the environment and pollution in school we wanted to do everything we could to help. We put a poster up in the window of our house about saving the planet and we try and recycle as much as we can. But we want to do more, which is why we started this petition. It’s not enough to make recyclable plastic toys - big, rich companies shouldn’t be making toys out of plastic at all.

"Please help us get Burger King and McDonald’s to listen to us by signing our petition to help the environment."

After Burger King made its change, McDonald's says it has no plans to do the same.

The outlet says it will let children swap their toys for a bag of fruit though.

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