McDonald’s has vowed to step up its efforts in a “big way” to tackle climate change and the environment.
The fast food chain insists it wants customers to “feel good” about visiting its restaurants and the impact that the business has on the world – and intends to build on the measures it has already put in place over the past 12 months.
Last year it announced some major environmental commitments, including only using packaging made from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025.
So far it has eliminated more than 300 million pounds of packaging, recycled one million tons of corrugated boxes and reduced waste by 30%.
It has also pledged to recycle 100% of guest packaging in all our restaurants by 2025.
“For years we’ve been crowdsourcing creative solutions from a number of environmental organizations – including the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) – to help with some of our most interesting challenges, like single-use cups,” the company stated.
“In fact, early last year we teamed up with Closed Loop Partners to launch the NextGen Cup Challenge with hopes of creating a recyclable or compostable cup to use in our restaurants – something we know our customers are very excited about.”
McDonald’s said “packaging was “only one part of the story” and recognizes that savings can be made within its restaurants, where even the “smallest innovations” can make a big difference.
“By upgrading to LED lights in our restaurants we’ve reduced our carbon dioxide emissions by 100,587 metric tons — that’s equivalent to removing 21,539 cars from the road for an entire year. We understand that our size and influence in the world puts us in a unique position to be able to affect positive change,” it stated.