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26 & 27 NOV 2019

ExCeL LONDON

McDonald’s makes sustainable packaging pact

With the burger giant having previously set their sights on having 100 percent of its fiber-based packaging made from recycled or certified sources, this isn’t the first time the company’s committed to ensuring it uses sustainable resources. What’s more, only recently, McDonald’s also revealed its plans to phase out foam packaging by the end of the year. 

McDonald’s chief supply chain and sustainability officer said of the changes in a statement: “As the world’s largest restaurant company, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to make changes that will have a meaningful impact across the globe”.

At present, 50% of McDonald’s customer packaging comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources, the company said, and 64 percent of fiber-based packaging comes from certified or recycled sources, so they’re heading in a greener direction. 

DeBiase has credited their customers for inspiring and incentivising their ambition to strengthen their use of eco-friendly packaging saying: ‘’Our customers have told us that packaging waste is the top environmental issue they would like us to address. Our ambition is to make changes our customers want and to use less packaging, sourced responsibly and designed to be taken care of after use, working at and beyond our restaurants to increase recycling and help create cleaner communities.

It’s now estimated that 10 percent of the company’s global restaurants are recycling customer packaging. Looking to the future, DeBiase said: “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” .