As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy group based in Oakland, California, that promotes social and corporate environmental responsibility, announced Jan. 10 that McDonald’s Corp. has agreed to end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by the end of this year following engagement by the organization.
Rarely recycled, expanded polystyrene foam used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter that gets broken down into indigestible pellets, which marine animals mistake for food, resulting in sickness and death.
McDonald’s phased out foam cups for hot beverages in the U.S. after engagement with As You Sow in 2012, but continued to use them in foreign markets like Hong Kong and the Philippines. It also continued to use foam for cold beverages and food trays in some U.S. markets.
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