McDonald's says it will improve the sustainability of its packaging across the world – making it the latest big-name brand to announce environmentally friendly goals.
The fast food chain has set a target of sourcing 100 per cent of its customer-use packaging from renewable, recycled or certified – preferably Forest Stewardship Council certification – origins, and to recycle all packaging used by its diners – by 2025.
At present, half of McDonald's customer packaging comes sustainable sources and around ten per cent of is restaurants recycle its customers' packaging globally, according to the company.
"Our customers have told us that packaging waste is the top environmental issue they would like us to address," says Francesca DeBiase, McDonald's Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer.
"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."