McDonald's will remove plastic lids from McFlurrys as of September, in a push to be more environmentally friendly.
The issue surrounding plastic wastes, especially how we seem to dump a lot of it in our oceans, has been hitting the headlines more than ever over the last few years, prompting many corporations to start going green.
McDonald's is among the leading companies in conserving the environment and is planning to overhaul its UK's franchise packaging by getting rid of all single-use plastic from its ice creams and salad options.
Removing the existing shaker salad cups, plastic bowls, and lids will save a significant amount of plastic tonnes annually.
The new packaging containers are made from cardboard, 50 percent of which is made from recyclable content, instead of the plastic bowls they're currently served in.
McFlurry is likely to be the most significant transformation, ditching plastic lids and replacing them with the ones made from 'carton board.'
Even with the food chain goal to remove all plastic material from its packaging, customers will still have to use plastic spoons when eating their ice creams.
McDonald's announced that its plan would reduce plastic wastes by about 485 metric tonnes every year, Business Green reported.
In 2018, the company also banned plastic straws in all its restaurants, replacing them with paper straws. It had noted that over 1.8 million straws were used daily in the UK alone.
However, the news wasn't taken lightly by some customers who complained that the paper straws were going soggy and ruining their milkshake.
Despite the backlash, McDonald's stuck by their decision. They announced that their suppliers made paper straws that last "at least 30 minutes in most, if not all liquids" and that they're "pleased" to be "taking significant steps to reduce our environmental impact."
Speaking about the recent revamp of the McFlurry packaging, McDonald's UK and Ireland Supply Chain Director, Beth Hart, said:
"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."
"Removing plastic lids from the McFlurry, and introducing new cardboard packaging for salads, will save nearly 500 metric tonnes of plastic a year. It's the latest step in our sustainability journey."
"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."
Hart added that they still have much to accomplish to tackle plastic waste in their packaging.
The food chain has committed to sourcing all of its packagings from recycled and renewable sources by 2025 and reducing greenhouse emissions by 36 percent by 2030.
Currently, McDonald's have approximately 1,200 outlets stores all over the UK, and they aim to go plastic-free in five years.