Over a thousand McDonald's employees volunteer as Planet Champions, finding ways to save energy, increase recycling and reduce litter every day.
Amy McDyre is a McDonald’s Planet Champion – one of over 1,200 employees across the UK who help raise awareness of ways to be more environmentally friendly and try new ideas to improve things even more.
“I became a Planet Champion because I wanted to make a difference,” says Amy, “but the best thing was seeing that our customers – even the younger ones – cared about the environment too.”
Seeing the light
Amy suggested fitting internal light sensors in the group of 10 restaurants that she works with as part of her day job as a communications officer. These lights switch off automatically when they’re not needed, saving energy.
This isn’t the only change that Amy has helped to make.
“I became interested in working out how we could save water so I asked our local councils to help us reduce each flush cycle in our toilets by 1 litre, through installing special ‘save 1 litre’ bags in the cisterns.”
It all adds up
There are now Planet Champions in each of restaurants that Amy works with.
“There is a little bit of friendly competition between us now! We all want to suggest new ideas but we help each other too. It’s a great feeling to know that we can help the environment just by doing our job.”
And it’s working. Across all of our restaurants, the small changes that our employees have made are paying off. In addition we’ve installed lots of energy saving technologies in our restaurants to help make things run even more efficiently. Since 2007 we’ve reduced the amount of energy we use per customer by over 22%, which is the equivalent to a saving of over 60,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.