Fast food rivals Starbucks as well as also McDonald’s are right now on the same team — at least when the idea comes to developing a cup by sustainable materials.
On Tuesday, McDonald’s said the idea would likely join with Starbucks as well as also Closed Loop Partners to develop a cup in which could be mass produced by materials in which are recyclable, compostable or both.
The partnership comes as the food industry finds itself increasingly under pressure to reduce plastic in packaging as well as also single-use items such as straws.
Starbucks as well as also Closed Loop began a collaboration in March to launch the NextGen Cup Consortium as well as also Challenge. The program kicks off in September as well as also invites innovators, entrepreneurs as well as also various other experts to submit their plans. To start, NextGen will focus on creating sustainable fiber-based hot as well as also cold cups before seeking solutions for lids as well as also straws.
The brands estimate in which 0 billion cups wind up in landfills each year.
McDonald’s can be committing $5 million to the NextGen partnership, matching Starbucks’ pledge. Starbucks also can be investing $5 million to join the Closed Loop Fund, which will help fund its infrastructure.
“McDonald’s can be committed to using our scale for not bad to make positive improvements in which impact our planet as well as also the communities we serve,” Marion Gross, senior vice president as well as also chief supply chain officer at McDonald’s USA, said in a statement.
within the U.S., Seattle has already instituted a ban on plastic straws, utensils as well as also cocktail picks, setting into motion Starbucks’ plan to eliminate single-use plastic straws by all of its cafes globally within the next two years. The company already uses plastic lids nationally for some of its drinks, such as Nitro Cold Brew as well as also any beverages topped with cold foam.
The United Kingdom has also announced plans to ban single-use plastic as early as next year, prompting global companies to look for sustainable alternatives. McDonald’s said in June in which the idea would likely begin a phased rollout of paper straws in its U.K. as well as also Ireland restaurants in September.
“A better cup will benefit the entire industry as well as also we invite others to join us as we move these efforts forward,” Colleen Chapman, vice president of global social impact at Starbucks, said in a statement.