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Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Plans Sustainable Sourcing for Packaging, Palm Oil, Fish

Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Plans Sustainable Sourcing for Packaging, Palm Oil, Fish

The world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, Arcos Dorados, acknowledged in its just-published sustainability report that its large footprint across Latin America and the Caribbean means that it must “take a leadership role” in terms of implementing programs that will improve its environmental impact. The company said, for example, that “many” of … Read more »

McDonald’s Scolded Again, This Time for Straws

McDonald’s Scolded Again, This Time for Straws

  Just weeks after McDonald’s came under fire from As You Sow for bringing back the use of foam cups in some Chicago-area stores, the fast-food chain is being targeted by another watchdog organization, this time for its use of plastic straws. A petition from SumOfUs, signed by 110,000, claims that … Read more »

McD’s in Chi-Town Revive Polystyrene Cups

McD’s in Chi-Town Revive Polystyrene Cups

McDonald’s is bringing back the use of foam cups in some Chicago-area stores, according to the Chicago Tribune. The fast-food chain mostly phased out use of the polystyrene cups, which isn’t as easily as recyclable as other plastics, in 2013, though the company still uses them for iced tea, McDonald’s … Read more »

Shareholders to Amazon, McDonald’s, Target, Walmart: Phase Out Polystyrene Foam

Shareholders to Amazon, McDonald’s, Target, Walmart: Phase Out Polystyrene Foam

The resolutions come as dozens of leading global brands endorsed a plan to ensure 70 percent of plastic packaging is reused and recycled globally, up from today’s recycling rate of 14 percent.

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6 Sustainable Packaging Trends to Watch in 2016

McDonald’s rolled out its new packaging this month along with a pledge to source 100 percent of all fiber-based packaging from recycled or certified sources by 2020. This follows the fast-food chain’s November announcement that its centrally purchased packaging in Europe is 100 percent sustainably sourced. This includes cartons, cups, … Read more »

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McDonald’s Achieves 100% Sustainable Packaging Goal

McDonald’s centrally purchased packaging in Europe is 100 percent sustainably sourced, reports Supply Management. This includes cartons, cups, bags, napkins and tray liners, all made with wood fiber from recycled sources or forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification. McDonald’s says this … Read more »

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Severn Trent Water Helps McDonald’s Reduce Sewer Blockages

Severn Trent Water is working with McDonald’s in the UK to reduce sewer blockages by helping to educate staff about what they shouldn’t be pouring down sinks and drains at the food chain’s restaurants. The partnership is part of a drive to minimize blockages in sewers and drains across the … Read more »

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McDonald’s Reports 6% GHG Increase

Scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions went up 5.9 percent at company-owned McDonald’s restaurants between 2013 and 2014, according to the fast food company’s 2014 Good Business Report. The report outlines the company’s 2014 progress toward sustainability goals outlined in its Sustainability Framework. The increase in GHG emissions … Read more »

McDonald’s Commits to End Deforestation Across Supply Chain

McDonald’s yesterday announced a global commitment on deforestation across the company’s global supply chain. The company says the commitment builds upon McDonald’s Global Sustainability Framework. The pledge encompasses all of the company’s products and focuses on beef, fiber-based packaging, coffee, palm oil, and poultry — for which the company will … Read more »

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McDonald’s, Tyson Foods, Walmart Advance Beef Supply Chain Sustainability

Cargill, McDonald’s, Tyson Foods and Walmart are among the founding members of the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, launched yesterday. The USRSB — a group of US beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations — will identify sustainability indicators, establish verification … Read more »

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McDonald’s, Beef Industry Slammed for ‘Greenwashing’

McDonald’s and the rest of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef are “greenwashing” beef production with their principles and criteria for global sustainable beef, according to consumer, worker and environmental groups. In a letter to the Roundtable’s Executive Committee, 23 groups — including Friends of the Earth, Animal Welfare Approved, … Read more »