McDonald’s says nearly all of its paper packaging is sustainable fiber By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The McDonald’s company logo is on a sign outside a restaurant in Bretigny-sur-Orge, near Paris, France, July 30, 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

By Hilary Russ

NEW YORK (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (NYSE 🙂 said Thursday it has nearly achieved its goal of sourcing all of its paper restaurant food packaging from recycled or sustainable fiber.

The Chicago-based global burger chain said in its annual sustainability report that by 2020 99.6% of the paper bags, food wrappers, napkins, cup holders and other fiber-based materials it used to package meals for customers came from recycled or certified sustainable fiber. sources, up from 92% in 2019.

Many restaurant chains are working to reduce the environmental damage of packaging, including using more recyclable or compostable materials and allowing customers to reuse cups or mugs.

An Adweek-Harris Poll survey of US adults in April on single-use fast food packaging found that 62% of respondents said they would think more of a brand that switched to recyclable packaging, and 81% He was concerned about the garbage and contamination of fast food restaurants.

Since McDonald’s has more than 39,000 restaurants around the world, small changes can affect other companies and industries.

McDonald’s has set a higher goal for all of its customers’ packaging to come from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025. Currently, 80% of its packaging comes from these sources. It is also using paper straws and wooden cutlery in multiple markets, he said, and is exploring fiber lids and reusable cups.

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