McDonald’s Latest Packaging Will Reduce Over 500 Tons of Plastic Waste

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McDonald’s has taken one step further to adopting a sustainable renewable and recycled packaging design. The move came after the brand’s last year’s announcement of McDonald’s to save plastic waste. This shift to paper options comes as a result of downsizing almost 639 million paper straws.

McDonald UK’s Beth Hart stated that the move is a way to truly listen to the customers and find a sustainable solution for them. She also added that the brand is nowhere close to stopping their all new transition from plastic packaging to an Eco-friendlier paper packaging.

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As per McDonald’s, near about 500 tons of plastic will be reduced within the start of next year. This will be due to the brand adopting new packaging designs for desserts and salads. McDonald’s UK is the first chain of the globally renowned brand to adopt these measures.

In UK Alone

This move by McDonald’s will cut down 485 tons of plastic waste a year. McDonald’s UK is set to replace their plastic salad bowls with cardboard boxes. On the other hand, the plastic lids of the McFlurry treats will be replaced with eco-friendly rigid paper-based designs.

Paul Pomroy, chief executive of McDonald’s UK and Ireland said, “Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants”.

Thus far, McDonald’s is on track to keep their previously made promise to become a fully eco-friendly brand by the end of 2025. They are doing just so starting from reducing the use of plastic, to introducing ‘healthy meals’ such as Cajun Chicken Wraps, and Chicken Salad.

McDonald’s Ireland will follow suits of its UK counterpart from September, this year. As per its sources, Huhtamaki and Transcend Packaging will be the suppliers of the paper straws. All the recycled resources will be endorsed by the Program For the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

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