Intent on being part of the solution, fast food giant McDonald’s has vowed to use sustainable packaging in 100% of its stores by 2025. Currently only 10% of the 37,000 McDonald’s locations worldwide use recycled packaging for their food products, but they plan get all items like bags, straws, wrappers and cups from recycled or renewable materials, up from half currently.
Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s chief supply chain and sustainability officer, says that customers number one demand was to make packaging more environmentally friendly. In the UK, McDonald’s has already done away with Styrofoam packaging and more than 1,000 restaurants now have recycle bins. Even so, the world’s biggest restaurant chain said some restaurants might struggle to recycle packaging by 2025 due to varying infrastructure, regulations and customer behavior around the world.
McDonald’s is already taking large steps to achieve their goals, aiming for all its paper and card packaging, such as burger boxes or paper bags, to come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020. Hopefully more fast food chains will take a page out of McDonald’s environmentally friendly book and work to achieve similar goals.