Applaud McDonald’s for Sustainable Efforts

Target: Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s CEO

Goal: Applaud McDonald’s goal to have all sustainable packaging by 2025.

Fast food convenience comes at a heavy price price: waste. The burger wrapping, bags, condiment packets, and, worst of all, straws are used on average for a few minutes and then sent to a landfill. These fast food materials are often made in whichever way is cheapest, no matter the impact on society or environment.

McDonald’s can now be found almost anywhere in the world, and yesterday the company announced a global goal to get their packaging from “renewable, recycled, or certified sources” by 2025. Furthermore, the company pledged to have recycling in nearly every store, whether it be sorted by customers or employees. McDonald’s has already taken steps in the eco-friendly direction, but this goal will encompass all of their packing material globally.

The fast food chain is heading in the right direction with this goal for 2025, and, given their reach and popularity, it will hopefully influence others to do the same. However, this is a small step in the bigger picture. The single-use mentality is a huge obstacle in the journey towards sustainable everyday practices. While renewable and recycled material is a good stepping stone, we should be reaching toward a circular economy, where there is no ‘away’ to put our waste. Sign this petition to let McDonald’s know we acknowledge their efforts, and hope to keep moving towards better corporate practices.


Dear Mr. Easterbrook,

The fast food mindset is all about cheap, easy, and disposable. However, these attributes are the enemy of environmental issues. Single-use materials are filling up landfills and animal habitats, disrupting and polluting the natural order of the earth. As a multinational enterprise, your practices and policies make a huge difference throughout the world.

The McDonald’s goal to get renewable, recycled, or certified sources is a wonderful precedent to set for large corporate companies to work towards more sustainable and fair practices. Yet, there needs to be a shift in the single-use mentality in order to create a circular economy and end the absurd amount of waste we humans produce. While this is a momentous step in the right direction, please do not stop here. Keep moving forward towards bigger and better sustainable goals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Well, I am not the one to usually complement a fast food chain but this is a good start. If they could also add more vegetarian/vegan options, that would significantly reduce their environmental impact.

  2. 2025??? How about ASAP?

    • Gen Agustsson says:

      now not future. ban all mcdonalds or hold mcdonalds accountable. its time for mcdonalds to go vegan.

    • 6 years is a ridiculous time required to implement what is a not-too-hard change. 12 months at the max for any global company to demand change. After all, were only talking about changing a resource and suppliers. Get your marketing people together globally and have a think tank and make this happen soon. All those who can bear to eat McDonalds cardboard tasting food should boycott until this change happens. And also, NEVER EVER use straws. Their hard, esp to sea animals, is immeasurable. What do you think we have mouths for?

  3. Robert Ortiz says:

    It’s a step in the right direction and one step leads to another. Nice job.

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