McDonalds tests circular clear cups sourced from recycled and bio-based materials

In partnership with McDonald’s, both Pactiv Evergreen and INEOS are part of a team helping to find new and innovative ways to reduce emissions, keep plastic out of nature and preserve natural resources.

McDonalds has announced it is testing new circular clear cups sourced from equal parts recycled and biobased materials[1] available now in 28 select restaurants in Savanah, Georgia, US. 

The test cups, which are designed to look identical to the McDonalds cups US consumers are used to, are sourced from a 50-50 mix of post-consumer plastic material and biobased materials. McDonalds is using what is referred to as a mass balance method, a process that allows the brand to measure and track recycled and biobased inputs being used in a process that also mixes traditional fossil-fuel sources. The biobased material is crafted in part from McDonald’s used cooking oil.

The ongoing trial presents a significant step forward in developing renewable products, reducing emissions and waste.

Mike Nagle, CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA said: “We believe the future of packaging materials needs to become more circular wherever possible. Working together with our customers, we can help them to meet their pledges and commitments in this area. To take plastic waste back to virgin plastic is the ultimate definition of recycling and will create a truly circular approach.”

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