McDonald's Renews Sustainable Packaging Goals

Ivan Schwartz
January 17, 2018

McDonald's isn't new to the pursuit of waste reduction for reduced environmental impact as it first focused on sustainable packaging almost 25 years ago by establishing a connection with the Environmental Defense Fund.

The world's biggest restaurant chain will aim to get 100 per cent of its packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025, with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council certification, which ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests.

A McDonald's spokesperson told the Sun Online: "We take our responsibility extremely seriously and in the United Kingdom we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continue to challenge ourselves and our supplier partners to help evolve our thinking".

McDonald's said it plans to work with local governments and environmental associations on better packaging designs, new recycling programs and employee and customer education plans to reach these goals.

Currently, 50% of its guest packaging comes from sustainable sources and only 10% of its restaurants are recycling.

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"We look forward to doing more and continuing to raise the bar on what it means to be a responsible company committed to people and the planet", DeBiase said. (Some stores apparently still use those, yes.) Along with today's pivot to ecofriendlier packaging, the chain is also pledging to give all locations recycling bins by 2025.

McDonald's began to focus on sustainable packaging almost 25 years ago, when it established a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund. That partnership helped eliminate more than 300 million pounds of packaging while sending a million tons of corrugated boxes, according to the release.

A spokesperson for McDonald's United Kingdom said the company was committed to reducing its environmental impact and continues to "challenge ourselves and our supplier partners to help evolve our thinking, and this includes the recycling of coffee cups".

The chain addressed this issue in May 2016 with a report titled "McDonald's Journey Towards Sustainable Fiber-Based Packaging".

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