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Sustainable sourcing, smarter packaging

We are committed to using quality ingredients in our food, reducing the food miles of our products and supporting the local economy.  We also continue to reduce the amount of material we use in our packaging, much of which is sourced renewably.

Supporting UK farming

We source all of our beef from British and Irish farms. In 2015 we cooked over 130 million eggs for breakfast. We also used over 66 million litres of milk from the UK, which included over 27 million litres of organic semi-skimmed milk used in our teas, coffees, porridges and Happy Meal® milk bottles.

Sustainable sourcing

Every cup of tea and coffee we sell is Rainforest Alliance certified, so we know that the farms which supply these products work to high environmental standards, and are dedicated to protecting the welfare of their workers. All of the fish on our menu is Marine Stewardship Council approved, meaning that it comes from well-managed fisheries which use sustainable fishing practices.

Renewable and recycled materials

We use as much recycled material in our packaging as is safe and practical for our business – for example all our napkins are made from 100% recycled materials. Our vision for 2020 is for the majority of our packaging to be 100% sustainable, renewable and recyclable.

From Q3 2015, all of McDonald’s centrally sourced, paper/card packaging will be Chain of Custody certified with the wood fibre coming from forests certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Carrier bags

All retailers in Wales and Scotland are required to charge a minimum of 5p for a single use carrier bag, made of either plastic or paper. This applies to McDonald’s and means that our customers will have to pay 5p for each takeaway bag they choose to use. VAT is deducted from the 5p charge, and the rest of the money is then donated to RMHC. Click here to see where the proceeds go.

If you would like to know more about sustainable sourcing, or have any specific queries, please visit What Makes McDonald’s.