Two Major Food companies have announced that they are going plastic free! Iceland Foods and McDonald’s Corporation take historic steps towards sustainability.
Our recent post Tell McDonald’s No to Plastic Straws, documented the sustainability issues of the world’s largest fast food chain. Currently only 10% of McDonald’s outlets enable their clients to recycle their food packaging.
“Addressing Waste as a Global Community”
The global company announced that it is adding recycling to its nearly 40,000 restaurants by the end of 2025. All of its packaging will be from “renewable, recycled or certified sources.”
“With restaurants in more than 100 countries serving over 69 million customers daily, McDonald’s has the responsibility and opportunity to use our scale for good,” said Francesca DeBiase, the chief supply chain and sustainability officer for McDonald’s. “By acting now and boldly, we hope to lead the industry and our customers toward a more sustainable future and fuel a movement to address waste as a global community.”
McDonald’s announcement is welcome news in the battle against plastic proliferation. This will be especially important for their restaurants in developing countries. Being a leader in sustainability in countries where plastic pollution is the norm, not the exception, can have amplifying effects. (photo – Brian Wanamaker)
Good News From Iceland Foods
A similar announcement came from Iceland Foods, a major supermarket chain in the United Kingdom specializing in frozen foods. The chain will eliminate all plastic packaging from their products by 2023.
No More Excuses
“There really is no excuse any more for excessive packaging that creates needless waste and damages our environment,” said Richard Walker, Iceland’s managing director. “The technologies and practicalities to create less environmentally harmful alternatives exist, and so Iceland is putting a stake in the ground.”
“Other supermarkets, and the retail industry as a whole, should follow suit and offer similar commitments during 2018. This is a time for collaboration.”
By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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