McDonald's Canada Opens Their First Green Concept Restaurants

by Rudy Sanchez on 06/24/2019 | 2 Minute Read

McDonald’s Canada has unveiled two “Green Concept Restaurants” in London, Ontario and Vancouver, B.C. as part of their ongoing effort to source 100% of guest packaging from renewable and/or recycled materials. The incubator locations will serve as a proving ground for new packaging as well as recycling ideas and initiatives in a fully operational store, testing sustainability concepts and viability before rolling them out nationwide.

Among the items that McDonald’s will test includes a fully-pulpable cup which uses an aqueous coating acceptable in recycling streams, wood-fiber cold cup sipping lids which are FSC-certified and recyclable, as well as wooden cutlery, stir sticks, and paper straws.

Globally, McDonald’s has committed to sourcing all guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025, as well as setting a goal to recycle all guest packaging from every McDonald’s store within the same time frame.

"We are proud of the progress our Canadian organization is making towards our global packaging sustainability goals – it matters to our guests, and we will continue taking our environmental responsibility seriously,” says John Betts, President and CEO at McDonald's Canada via press release. “Our Green Concept Restaurants are an exciting new innovation as part of our on-going sustainable journey. They are an example of how we're able to use our scale for good and keep raising the bar on what it means to be a responsible company committed to people and the planet.”

McDonald’s has more than 36,000 stores worldwide and 1,400 in Canada, so even a simple change made by McDonald’s makes a non-trivial impact to the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and oceans. But that same size also means any change requires significant investments in time and money. Having stores where the mega fast-food chain can pilot sustainable alternatives to packaging allows them to experiment without making corporate-wide commitments.

The Green Concept Restaurants are located at 3444 E Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C., and 1033 Wonderland Rd South, London, Ontario.

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