Title McDonald’s agrees to global phase-out of polystyrene packaging
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Date 2018-01-18 AM 11:06:16 Hit 276
McDonald’s has agreed to end the use of polystyrene foam packaging globally by the end of this year, says shareholder advocacy group As You Sow. A proposal filed by As You Sow urging the company to phase out of polystyrene was supported by 32 per cent of shares voted in May 2017, the group says.
McDonald’s phased out foam cups for hot beverages in the US in 2012, but continued to use them in foreign markets like Hong Kong and the Philippines, high levels of these plastics have been found in waterways in those countries, As You Sow says. The fast food giant also continued to use foam for cold beverages and food trays in some US markets.
Nine countries and more than 100 US cities or counties have banned or restricted foam packaging. Fifteen major brands including Coca-Cola Co, Danone, Dow Chemical, L’Oreal, Marks & Spencer, Mars, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever recommended replacement of polystyrene foam as a packaging material in a report released in 2017 by the New Plastics Economy Project of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
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