In an effort to satisfy customers and improve their carbon footprint, McDonald’s has announced that they will be switching to environmentally friendly packaging as well as setting up recycling facilities at their restaurants.
“We have a responsibility to use our scale for good to make changes that will have a meaningful impact across the globe,” said Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s chief supply chain and sustainability officer.
Target To Go Completely Green by 2025
The fast-food giant hopes to get 100 percent 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.
We are stepping up and using our #ScaleforGood. By 2025 our goals are to recycle guest packaging at all McDonald’s restaurants, recognizing infrastructure challenges, and that 100% of guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources: https://t.co/bArjXT6dbw pic.twitter.com/hrG7bnSS5e
— McDonald’s (@McDonaldsCorp) January 16, 2018
Currently, only 10 percent of all McDonald’s restaurants have recycling facilities which they hope to increase to 100 percent by 2025. While recycling infrastructure, regulations and consumer behaviors vary city to city and country to country around the world, McDonald’s will work with industry experts, local governments and environmental groups to improve packaging designs, create new recycling programs, set progress benchmarks and educate its employees and customers.
This change will be helpful not only for the environment but will also contribute to McDonald’s profitability. The impact will also be far-reaching as McDonald’s has a massive presence worldwide.