McDonald's shifting away from plastic in Happy Meal toys

McDonald's shifting away from plastic in Happy Meal toys
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McDonald's committed on Tuesday to making its Happy Meal toys from renewable or recycled material in an effort to be more sustainable.

The fast-food chain said in a statement that it aims to "drastically reduce" plastic in all of its toys globally by 2025.

McDonald's added that by moving toward materials like certified-fiber and plant-derived products, it will result in a 90 percent "reduction of fossil fuel based plastic" compared to 2018 levels.

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The statement said the transition away from plastic is already underway in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and it is complete in France.

McDonald's has also said it is aiming for more sustainable practices like making its packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources in all of its restaurants by 2025.

The fast-food giant's announcement comes as world leaders have demanded that more efforts be made to combat climate change. 

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said earlier this week that the world is "rapidly running out of time" to resolve environmental issues, and President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE made efforts to mobilize the global community to collectively address climate change when he spoke at the U.N. on Tuesday.