10 Jan '18, 8pm

McDonald's to Phase Out Polystyrene Globally by 2018

McDonald's to Phase Out Polystyrene Globally by 2018

McDonald’s has agreed to end the use of polystyrene foam packaging globally by the end of this year, says shareholder advocacy group As You Sow. A proposal filed by As You Sow urging the company to phase out of polystyrene was supported by 32% of shares voted in May 2017, the group says. McDonald’s phased out foam cups for hot beverages in the US in 2012, but continued to use them in foreign markets like Hong Kong and the Philippines, high levels of these plastics have been found in waterways in those countries, As You Sow says. The fast food giant also continued to use foam for cold beverages and food trays in some US markets. “Rarely recycled, expanded polystyrene foam used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, breaking down into indigestible pellets, which marine animals mistake for food, resulting in deaths of marine animals,”...

Full article: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2018/01/mcdonalds-agr...

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