As part of the overhaul to its UK menu packaging, the brand also announced that it will break off utilizing single-use plastic for its salad options. This means all the main meal and side salad food items will be served in cardboard containers.
Metro reported that all cardboard used will contain at least 50 percent recycled content, compared to the single-use plastic used currently. McDonald’s explained the changes will reduce plastic waste by a total of 485 metric tonnes yearly—383 of which comes from McFlurry packaging alone.
Supply chain director for McDonald’s UK and Ireland, Beth Hart, shared, “I am delighted that today’s news means we will be serving our much loved and new menu items in an even more sustainable way.”
She added, “We are committed to listening to our customers and finding solutions with our suppliers that work for them. This is the latest example of that—but by no means the end.”
The news shortly came after the chain removed plastic straws from its restaurants, offering customers alternative cardboard ones instead.
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