Do you want carrots with that? McDonald’s to go greener and healthier

McDonald's aims to increase in-store recycling and offer healthier menu choices by 2020, says the chain. ©McDonald's

McDonald’s aims to increase in-store recycling and offer healthier menu choices by 2020, says the chain.
©McDonald’s

(Relaxnews) – Expect to see more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and sustainable beef on the menu, says McDonald’s, which released details on its corporate responsibility plans for 2020.

By 2016, the mega fast food chain says it will begin purchasing “a portion” of beef from verified sustainable sources.

Customers in nine of its top markets — the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan and the UK — can expect to see 100 percent more fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains on the menu.

Likewise, 100 percent of the chain’s coffee, palm oil and fish will also be sourced by verified suppliers, says McDonald’s.

By 2020, all the packaging used will be fiber-based from certified or recycled sources, while efforts will be made to increase in-store recycling to 50 percent.

The goal will also be to increase energy-efficiency to 20 percent in seven of its top markets.

Rival Burger King also pledged to purchase beef from suppliers that source only beef that has been raised in environmentally responsible ways. That means that none of the beef comes from recently deforested rain forests.

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