69 Million Customers Daily!
The McDonald’s empire includes nearly 40,000 restaurants. They are located in 120 countries and serve 69 million customers each day. (photo – first McDonald’s from 1955, in Oakbrook, Il.)
The organization is the world’s second largest private employer! Within its franchises, McDonald’s employs nearly 2 million people and makes about US$25 billion in revenue annually.
Millions of Plastic Straws When There are Alternatives
Yes, You Heard Us Right. McDonald’s is Sensitive to Environmental Issues!
McDonald’s is sensitive to environmental complaints. What’s the evidence? They got rid of the infamous Styrofoam clam-shell food container and replaced it with paper and cardboard.
More than two decades ago McDonald’s partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund. Their goal was to determine a switch to more sustainable packaging. One result of this collaboration was that they replaced some materials. In 2013, they stopped carrying polystyrene foam cups. More sustainable fiber-based paper cups took their place serving hot coffee drinks.
Yet, we can agree; McDonald’s needs to do more. According to tech news site, Engadget, McDonald’s recently redesigned some of their straws. They made a U-shaped snorkel for slurping their Shamrock shake. Unfortunately, even though they are changing, this new straw is still plastic.
If you do a Google search on “McDonald’s plastic straw,” “McDonald’s plastic straw petition” will be the first search suggestion to pop up. You may be surprised at how many petitions there are to get them to ditch plastic straws.
The “Take Away” is Apply Pressure!
Here are petitions that you can check out and join:
One Green Planet: To learn how to limit your use of plastic everyday see the: Crush Plastic Campaign
Change.org: No More Plastic Straws in McDonald’s
Care2 Petitions: McDonald’s: End the Use of Plastic Straws
Empowering Youth Can Save Our Oceans: Take the OneLessStraw Pledge!
Who’s Who in the Fight against Plastic Pollution
While we are on the subject of how to cut plastic pollution see the Guardian’s article: ‘Ditch plastic straws’ – experts and campaigners on how to cut plastic waste. This article is one of the most comprehensive who’s-who list of leaders in the fight against plastic pollution. Meet Lily Cole, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Lizzie Carr and others who can give you tips on what more needs to be done to reduce plastic waste. This is “MUST” reading.
By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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