All new commemorative poppy pins manufactured for Remembrance Day 2023 in the United Kingdom, Nov. 11, will be plastic free.
The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal is an annual fundraising event for U.K. military members and veterans, linked to the end of World War I. (The U.S. refers to it as Veterans' Day.)
The group has spent three years developing a plastic-free poppy, replacing a stem and center button that had been made with plastics since the 1980s.
"Hundreds of iterations were explored during the design process, scrutinizing form, finish and usability," affiliate group Poppy Scotland said on its website. "Paper was chosen over expensive and complicated bio-based plastics to create a single-material solution that can be easily recycled."
The 2023 poppies can be dropped into regular recycling systems. Some plastic and paper poppies made previously are still on the market, but all manufacturing now will use only paper. Older poppies are being collected for recycling by the Sainsbury's retail chain.