McDonald’s plans to make its packaging 100% green by 2025 to further improve environmental performance.
The global fast-food giant announced on Tuesday its intention to manufacture all consumer packaging with renewable, recyclable and certified materials within seven years. In addition, all branches are equipped with garbage containers.
“Our customers have told us that packaging waste is the number one environmental problem,” said Francesca DeBiase, sustainability manager for McDonald’s. We want to make necessary amendments in the use of containers from the various recognized and authorized sources and make sure that we provide the best services after introducing the changes. As per the reports of the Environmental Protection Agency, almost 45% of landfills in the United States consist of discarded food and packaging.
Today, only 10% of the company’s 36,000 restaurants provide recycling boxes to its valued customers, while about half of their product packaging is prepared from renewable, recycled, or certified materials according to the reports.
The Benefits Of The Green Packaging
The company’s preferred certification is carried out by the Forest Stewardship Council, which sets ecological, economic and social standards for its raw materials. It is slated to be environmentally friendly based on several previous business moves, including the recent commitment to remove foam packaging from its global supply chain by the end of 2018.
Other attempts involve the 2020 focus of offering only coffee from certified sustainable sources and the 2020 target of utilizing only fiber-based packaging from recognized or recycled sources.
Since its affiliation with the Environmental Defense Fund in 1990, McDonald’s has reported having clipped more than 300 million pounds of packaging, and it has succeeded in recycling 1 million tons of corrugated boxes and thus it has clipped the waste by 30%.
The efforts by the McDonald’s to carry out the green packaging is just fabulous. If they achieve the target within the specified time, it can bring the revolution in terms of packaging which will be environment and user-friendly.