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McDonald’s and Starbucks Take Major Steps Toward Cup Sustainability

McDonald’s and Starbucks Take Major Steps Toward Cup Sustainability

Both chains are working to cut unnecessary and non-recyclable waste

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McDonald’s has given a definite timeline to its aspirational goal of eliminating plastic and foam cups from its restaurants. By the end of this year, each soft-drink chalice will be made with fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources, according to the company’s website. The same redesign is expected for all the brand’s packaging by 2020.

The Chicago Tribune notes this is the first time McDonald’s has committed to a deadline to completely omit polystyrene cups, which are not environmentally sustainable and are nearly impossible to recycle.

While most of the chain’s packaging is already made from paper and cardboard, the company says that eliminating the 2 percent that is foam is a small but important step to becoming more eco-friendly.

Across the pond, Starbucks is trialing a similar action. Customers in the U.K. will be charged about 7 cents for each paper cup in 20 to 25 central London stores in hopes of motivating them to employ reusable mugs. The new charge is slated to begin in February for a testing period of three months.

All money raised by the cup fee will be donated to environmental charity and behavior analyst Hubbub, which will further investigate “how the public can be encouraged to choose reusable drink containers.”

As an extra incentive, British Starbucks locations will continue to honor an existing discount of roughly 34 cents offered to patrons with reusable cups.

Also in the U.K., a Scottish politician has launched a region-wide initiative to ban single-use disposable items. According to The Spirits Business, many businesses have already expunged plastic straws from their inventories.

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Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


Starbucks and McDonald's Are Designing a Compostable Cup Together

The rivals hope to come up with something environmentally safe in the next three years.

In what might be considered a surprising turn of events, it’s fast food giants that are leading the charge to make environmentally-safe packaging more mainstream. In the United Kingdom, McDonald’s announced it would be banning all plastic straws in its restaurants, before deciding to test non-plastic straws in the United States. Then, Starbucks made a major announcement, too: Goodbye green plastic straws—soon, Starbucks drinks will be equipped with sippy cup tops. Plastic straws are just the beginning of the two companies&apos mission to save the planet. Now, Starbucks and McDonald’s have teamed up to design a totally recyclable, compostable cup𠅊long with its straw and lid.

As Fast Company reports, both McDonald’s and Starbucks cups are “technically recyclable,” but they rarely make it into the appropriate bin (sometimes because components like the straw and lid don&apost belong there, other times because cities and states have recycling standards that don’t match up). However, earlier this year, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encourages businesses (of any scale) to contribute ideas that might make their cups able to fit within any given recycling rules, and McDonald’s decided to join in.

Such an innovation would be highly regarded as a breakthrough in the restaurant industry, but McDonald’s promises it won’t be especially lucrative, which is just one reason the company decided to join Starbucks’ initiative. Another is that, as Marion Gross, McDonald’s chief supply chain officer for the United States, put it, "there are certain things we𠆝 say that we’re not competitors on."

With McDonald’s on board, the cup challenge will officially begin in September. The business with the best ideas will receive $1 million in funding to develop its concept, working closely with both Starbucks and McDonald’s on a cup that will ultimately be available in stores.

This is just another step in McDonald’s campaign to improve its environmental safety standards: Back in March, the company announced that it would cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


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