McDonald’s Canada is on a journey to make its packaging more sustainable as part of its goal to reduce its environmental footprint and source 100 per cent of guest packaging from renewable and/or recycled materials.
The fast-food giant will unveil two “Green Concept Restaurants” in London, Ontario and Vancouver, BC to test new packaging options and recycling initiatives.
“We are proud of the progress our Canadian organization is making towards our global packaging sustainability goals – it matters to our guests and we will continue taking our environmental responsibility seriously. “Our Green Concept Restaurants are an exciting new innovation as part of our on-going sustainable journey. They are an example of how we’re able to use our scale for good and keep raising the bar on what it means to be a responsible company committed to people and the planet.”– John Betts, President and CEO at McDonald’s Canada
Much of the current McDonald’s packaging will be retained the company will also test items with the potential to be rolled out more widely in the future.
The first innovations will include:
- A fully re-pulpable cup for cold beverages – using an aqueous coating that is acceptable in recycling streams
- New fibre lids – made from 100% Forest Stewardship Council certified wood fibre and is recyclable; the lid will also help reduce straw use, as guests can sip from it directly
- Wooden cutlery
- Wooden stir sticks
- Paper straws
McDonald’s is also introducing a smaller napkin (20 per cent smaller) produced with 100% recycled fibre in all restaurants, transitioning from a McWrap carton to a McWrap wrap, eliminating foam from the gravy bowl and breakfast platter and adding How 2 Recycle label to Happy Meal boxes, clear cups and carryout bags to help guests determine how packaging can be recycled.
These enhancements, along with changes made over recent years, are expected to remove more than 1,500 tons of packaging materials from the McDonald’s Canada system.