As we all are becoming increasingly aware of, the fast food industry is a huge producer of waste, which has an extremely negative impact on the environment. According to Environmental Reporting BC, 2.45 million tonnes of municipal waste in BC is produced every year.

McDonald’s has just announced in a press release that they will be launching ‘Green Concept Restaurants’ in Vancouver and Toronto, to begin with.

With the new test ‘Green Concept Restaurant’ coming to Vancouver to start, this initiate could have to have a massive reduction in the waste we produce in British Columbia.

From the Mcdonald’s press release, new environmentally friendly additions to the restaurant will include:

  • A fully re-pulpable cup for cold beverages
  • New fibre lids
  • Wooden cutlery
  • Wooden stir sticks
  • Paper straws
  • Napkins: 20% smaller napkins made with 100% recycled fibre, eliminating 900+ tons of paper.
  • McWrap® carton: They will be phasing out the McWrap carton to a McWrap wrap, eliminating 400+ tons of packaging waste.
  • Foam: Removing foam entirely from their packaging, removing 130+ tons of foam.
  • Small Coffee Cup: The small coffee cups will remove the inner layer of paper within the cup, eliminating 123+ tons of paper.
  • Adding How 2 Recycle (H2R) labels to Happy Meal® boxes, clear cups and carryout bags to aid the customers on how to recycle this packaging.

John Betts, President and CEO at McDonald’s Canada, says “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.”

So there you have it! Do you hope to see more of these eco-friendly fast-food restaurants popping up south of the Fraser?

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