McDonald's is set to remove toxic chemicals from packaging by 2025
The mega fast-food chain will be phasing out poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from its packaging over the next four years
McDonald's has announced that they will be making changes to remove a hazardous class of toxic chemicals known as poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from their packaging by 2025.
The company also shared on their official website that they are committed to the removal of “all added fluorinated compounds from [their] guest packaging materials globally by 2025.”
The restaurant-chain has already made progress in this area of sustainable packaging by removing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in 2008, all BPA, BPS in 2013, and phthalates in 2015, from their packaging.
PFAS are used to grease-proof packaging materials but are also considered to be toxic "forever chemicals" that can pose health risks. Exposure to them may affect the growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children, and also impact reproductive health, cardiovascular health, and the immune system of adults.
To read more, visit the McDonald's corporate website, where they detail more about their sustainability strategies and commitment to reducing waste on our planet.
McDonald's waste reduction strategy is reflected in policies surrounding packaging, responsible consumption and production, and sustainability partnerships.
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