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Macron versus McDonald’s: How France ditched disposable food packaging

By Leila Abboud

19 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

In France, restaurants are now banned from using disposable packaging and cutlery for dine-in customers, following a new anti-waste law. But some doubt it will deliver any real environmental benefit.

The item proving a hit with McDonald’s customers in France this winter is not a new burger or chicken wrap, but a bright red, rubber container in which french fries are served.

The US-based multinational introduced the reusable packaging to comply with a new French law that bans fast food and casual dining outlets from using disposable packaging and cutlery for customers who eat in their restaurants.

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