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McDonald’s Canada to two test ‘green concept’ restaurant locations

BY Marianne Wilson

McDonald’s Canada will unveil two locations designed to reduce its environmental footprint by making its packaging more sustainable.

The restaurants, in London, Ontario and Vancouver, BC, will act as incubator locations to test new packaging options and recycling initiatives with an eye to the potential of rolling them out more widely in the future. The first innovations, which will begin testing in the coming months, include a fully re-pulpable cup for cold beverages, which McDonald’s described as a “Canadian QSR first.” The cup uses an aqueous coating that is acceptable in recycling streams.

Other innovations include wooden cutlery, wooden stir sticks and paper straws.

Globally, McDonald’s has committed that by 2025, 100% of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources.

“Our Green Concept Restaurants are an exciting new innovation as part of our on-going sustainable journey,” said John Betts, president and CEO at McDonald’s Canada. “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.”

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