Environment

Why don’t McDonald’s use biodegradable coffee cups?

Environment

Posted by: Kezzaj

15th Mar 2021 11:18pm

I don’t understand why multinational companies like McDonaks don’t use entirely biodegradable coffee cups and lids.. Surely it can’t be that difficult?

Comments 16

Dena31948125
  • 18th Mar 2021 09:44am

Biodegradable cups will cost the company more, also many customers will not like it to have their coffee in a biodegradable cup. For example when biodegradable straw was used by some companies, many customers complained about it.

hv1986
  • 18th Mar 2021 12:17am

Because biodegradable cups cost more to purchase and everything is a business. It’s all about supply and demand. If everyone refused to buy normal coffee cups and brought biodegradable, eventually the price will lower over time.

sue.e
  • 18th Mar 2021 10:00am
Because biodegradable cups cost more to purchase and everything is a business. It’s all about supply and demand. If everyone refused to buy normal coffee cups and brought biodegradable, eventually...

Or people could take their own coffee cups, which would certainly help our environment.

WillowBlue69
  • 17th Mar 2021 10:07pm

Even better idea was as they used to do you bring your own cup back with you & they sterilise it & you use it each time.

jilln
  • 17th Mar 2021 08:57pm

I go walking of a morning near a McDonald's and the amount of coffee cups and disposable drink containers thrown on the ground on the streets is very bad..

AnxiousOne
  • 17th Mar 2021 06:51pm

Hungry Jack’s IS using biodegradable cups for their hot drinks.

I don’t know what their parent company, Burger King, in the U.S. is doing, but at least the Australians are doing the right thing.

Fransciene
  • 18th Mar 2021 02:27pm
Hungry Jack’s IS using biodegradable cups for their hot drinks.

I don’t know what their parent company, Burger King, in the U.S. is doing, but at least the Australians are doing the right...

So let’s vote with our feet and get our coffee only from vendors using biodegradable cups or refilling our own cup brought from home

Gogili
  • 17th Mar 2021 06:36pm

Because the wett tissue with McDonalds logo are not on in business.

Magyargirl
  • 17th Mar 2021 06:27pm

I think I read recently that bio-degradable take a long time to break down in most situations, and ‘degradeable’ is more efficient.

jtmorri
  • 17th Mar 2021 05:51pm

I think they are ensuring a hot drink stays hot, hence the double layered cup for insulation. I do however think they could find a supplier with a better product that is more environmentally friendly or people can choose to stop buying from them.

Patria
  • 17th Mar 2021 03:16pm

it took them a long time to stop using Polystyrene foam for burgers, so I guess there is hope yet....

AnxiousOne
  • 17th Mar 2021 06:48pm
it took them a long time to stop using Polystyrene foam for burgers, so I guess there is hope yet....

Are you saying that they were putting Polystyrene in their burgers?

It certainly tasted like they were!

Mar
  • 17th Mar 2021 05:52pm
it took them a long time to stop using Polystyrene foam for burgers, so I guess there is hope yet....

I guess there’s a delicate balance between appearing to care for the environment and risking a lawsuit from people getting burnt by their coffee, while keeping their prices low. As new, cheaper options are developed they will probably switch. (Like their paper straws that dissolve in your mouth inconveniently but as long as marine life is spared we can teach our children to drink straight from the cup like we did growing up.

gramonaghan
  • 17th Mar 2021 02:40pm

I agree, it should not be hard for a big company like McDonald's to change over to biodegradable cups.

Snake
  • 17th Mar 2021 02:37pm

I agree

DarkEnigma
  • 17th Mar 2021 01:24pm

Biodegradable cups only break down properly in the correct environment.

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