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McDonald’s Almost Entire Paper Packaging from Sustainable Fiber

McDonald’s has placed a larger goal for itself for the entire customer packaging created from renewable, recycled or certified sources by the year 2025.

August 24, 2021

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McDonald’s Corporation is on its way to achieving its goal of sourcing all of its paper-based food packaging in its restaurants from the recycled or sustainable fiber.

In its annual sustainability report, the US-based global food company has asserted that in 2020, 99.6 percent of the paper bags, food wrappers, napkins, cup carriers and other materials used to package meals came from recycled or certified sustainable fiber sources. This is a sharp growth in percentage from 2019 when it was 92 percent.

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According to an Adweek-Harris Poll survey conducted in April, it was concluded that around 62 percent of respondents would think more highly of a brand that used recyclable packaging, and 81 percent were concerned about litter and pollution from fast food restaurants.

In view of its environmental practices, McDonald’s has placed a larger goal for its entire customer packaging created from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by the year 2025. At present, 80 percent of its packaging comes from such sources. Besides, the fast-food chain is also using paper straws and wooden cutlery in multiple regions/countries and is exploring the use of fiber lids and reusable cups.

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In 2018, McDonald’s had made the switch from plastic straws to paper ones in Ireland, United Kingdom, and Australia in an effort to reduce plastic pollution. This was followed by the Netherlands in the year 2020, and Germany in 2021.