CALL TO ACTION: ReusableNYC Coalition Calls on McDonald’s to Keep Toxins Out of Food Packaging

August 6, 2020

Environmental Justice, News, Press Release

NYLPI’s partners in the ReusableNYC coalition have released “Packaged in Pollution”, a report indicating many national food chains still use toxic “forever chemicals” (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances , or PFAS) in single-use takeout wrappers and containers. These chains include typical fast food companies, and also include chains advertised as “healthy” and “green.

ReusableNYC, a coalition over over 40 nonprofits and community organization groups- including Safer Chemicals and Mind the Store and NYLPI- formed in response to concerns about the needless waste and pollution created by single-use foodware — utensils, cups, clamshells, straws, and more. Research has shown that 67% of street litter originates as food and beverage packaging, and that historically, only 9% of all plastic is ever recycled.

NYLPI joins with our coalition partners in calling on fast food chain McDonald’s to stop using PFAS in its products. We urge you to take action here!

Safer Chemicals’ press release can be read here.

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Press Coverage

CNN: Toxic chemicals may be in fast food wrappers and take-out containers, report says

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