One Cool Thing: Happy Meal, Happy Earth

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The McDonald’s toys you grew up loving (and then losing under the seats in your mom’s car) are going green. The iconic toys that come in every meal will soon be made mostly from corn and other sustainable materials instead of petroleum-based plastics. The company hopes to make the transition complete across all stores globally by 2025. 

 

Currently, 90% of all toys are made of plastic. Many companies have already introduced recycling programs and McDonald’s hopes that by phasing new plastic, it can make an even bigger difference. “Making our toys out of renewable, recycled, or certified materials will result in about a 90% reduction of fossil fuel-based plastic in Happy Meal toys [compared with 2018],” said the company.

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