Fast-food giant McDonald’s Philippines, majority owned and operated by its Master Franchise Holders, Chairman and Founder Dr. George T. Yang and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Yang, announces the transition of all of its stores to across the Philippines to strawless lids, marking another milestone in the company’s sustainability initiatives.
McDonald’s is the first QSR giant to use its frozen drinks without a straw, underscoring the company’s commitment to reducing waste by eliminating the need for a separate plastic straw, while allowing customers to easily drink whatever they are at home or on the go. It is one of McDonald’s latest efforts for its Green & Good platform – the company’s commitment to the environment, by developing and scaling sustainable dining solutions in its stores.
The Strawless Lids are designed to complement McDonald’s favorite beverages, consistently providing customers with a familiar feel-good experience every time they enjoy their favorite McCafé Premium Roast coffee and other cold beverages served without a sundae.
“Adopting strawless lids is part of our commitment to be better for the environment. We recognize the role we play and the impact we can have by committing to innovation and developing initiatives that reduce waste. By making strawless lids permanent, reducing waste, one less straw at a time becomes something our customers can easily incorporate into their McDonald’s experience,” said President and CEO of McDonald’s Philippines. , Kenneth S. Yang.
The move to strawless lids comes after McDonald’s first introduced limited dispensing of straws at its branches in 2018. The company is able to take a step closer to climate action by going to scale national without straw, which now makes it a permanent and sustainable solution.
McDonald’s has also implemented other projects under its Green & Good platform. In 2020 McDonald’s opened its first Green & Good flagship store on UN Avenue in Manila and in 2021 its second Green and Good store on Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong. Since then, the company has expanded Green & Good with the introduction of new solutions in its restaurants such as rooftop solar panels.
In support of active sustainable mobility to reduce carbon emissions, McDonald’s also empowers the cycling community through its inclusive dining solutions such as bike racks and Bike and Dine spaces available in its stores. McDonald’s, in partnership with eSakay, also provides e-charging stations at the same branch, where e-bikes and e-scooters can plug in for a minimum charge of P1 for a minute charge. (PR)