At the end of 2021, McDonald’s restaurants in Canada switched to using paper straws from plastic straws, alongside phasing out other single-use plastics, namely plastic cutlery* and stir sticks, as part of an initiative in courses to meet McDonald’s global packaging commitment.
To mark the transition, McDonald’s Canada sought to breathe new life into some of its leftover plastic straws. Rogerya Canadian company that specializes in making everyday products from post-consumer plastics, worked closely with the company to transform these plastic straws into a limited number of trays that became a canvas for displaying works by Canadian and Aboriginal artists.
Participating artists include:
- West: Nicole Wolf, Ray Dak Lam, Jarett’s Keeper, Tierney Milne, Justin Currie, Chris Morin, Monika Melnychuk
- Ontario: Rachel Joanis, Mateusz NapieralskyRyan Pooman
- Quebec: Genevieve Andersen, Anne-Julie Dudemaine
- East: Kirsten Stack House, Bella Seon Young Heo, Elana Camille
Individually designed, limited-edition trays will be donated to local Ronald McDonald House charities® (RMHC®) Houses across Canada. Homes can keep the tray on display for families to enjoy, or they can choose to auction the tray for fundraising purposes. You can learn more about the artists, the inspiration for their specially designed artwork, and how the Last Straw trays are made here: http://mcdonalds.com/ca/en-ca/ourplanet/laststraw.html
“In the spirit of reducing waste going to landfill, we challenged ourselves to come up with an inventive, out-of-the-box way to give some of these plastic straws a ‘second act’. Thanks to these artists , they can live like something beautiful,” said Gemma PriorSenior Manager – Team Impact Canada, McDonald’s Canada. “Removing single-use plastic straws from restaurants is just one of McDonald’s initiatives Canada has started. From reducing the size of towels by twenty percent in 2019 to trialling an electric vehicle as part of the supply chain distribution fleet earlier this year, we continue to explore the possibilities of make significant changes to the Canadian system. »
McDonald’s Canada McDonald’s is committed to achieving McDonald’s global goal of sourcing 100% of its major customer packaging** from renewable, recycled or certified sources by the end of 2025. The elimination of cutlery in plastic*, stir sticks and straws will eliminate approximately 700 tonnes of plastic from the Canadian market. system per year, of which approximately 370 tons are attributed to plastic straws.†
About McDonald’s Canada
In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald’s restaurant Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the fabric of Canada, serving nearly three million customers every day. In franchised and corporate restaurants, nearly 100,000 people are employed coast to coast, and more than 90% of McDonald’s 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent franchisees. almost $1 billion spent on food, more than 85% is purchased from suppliers Canada. For more information on McDonald’s Canadavisit mcdonalds.ca.
* Excluding McFlurry® spoons.
† Average based on 2018-2020 data.
The recycled trays resemble the trays customers see in McDonald’s restaurants today, but are for display purposes only.
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