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McDonald's Promises 100% Renewable Packaging By 2025

By Brian Spaen

McDonald’s is going to up their sustainable program over the next seven years by converting all of their packaging to renewable materials. The fast food giant announced on Tuesday their ecosystem would only bring in products that are recycled and all restaurants would fully recycle by 2025. The move comes at a time when more customers are demanding sustainable actions from the burger chain.

At the moment, 50 percent of customer packaging comes from recycled products and renewable sources, and only 10 percent of their restaurants are even recycling. McDonald’s plans to achieve these lofty goals by working with environmental groups to create better packaging, establishing relationships with recycling programs, and creating more awareness with both customers and employees.

It’s no surprise to see McDonald’s take action as they’ve worked on other sustainable solutions in the past. In 2012, the burger chain committed to remove deforestation from its beef supply chain and to bring in 85 percent of their beef from sustainable suppliers by 2020. Other goals by that time include sourcing 100 percent of their coffee, palm oil, and fish sustainably. Foam packaging is expected to be phased out by the end of this year.