McDonald’s and Starbucks collaborate to solve coffee cup problem

October 25, 20181 minute read

McDonald’s has joined Starbucks and Closed Loop Partners in a partnership to develop a recyclable and/or compostable cup solution. The joint initiative, called the NextGen Cup Consortium Challenge, is open to supply chain leaders, innovators, solution providers and anyone with promising solutions to recover single use cups.

Each year, an estimated 600 billion paper and plastic cups are distributed worldwide, most of which are not recyclable or compostable.

The Challenge that launched October 9 is part of McDonald’s sustainability commitment, with which two AWESOME leaders are directly involved. Francesca DeBiase, who received the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award in 2017, is EVP and Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer for McDonald’s, and Marion Gross is SVP, Supply Chain Management, North America and U.S. Sustainability.

McDonald’s was one of AWESOME’s three Fifth Anniversary Partners in 2017, and one of the lead sponsors in the “Champion” category in 2018.

Read more about the NextGen Cup Challenge