We've reduced plastic straws and stirrers by 20% over the last year, through our Sip Smarter campaign.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, consumer packaging materials make up more than 30% of landfill waste. The bulk of that is food packaging. The use of plastic packaging in particular contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and negatively affects marine life and ecosystems.
Aramark surveyed consumers and found that 60% are concerned with the overuse of plastics. Nearly 80% of the respondents also said they are trying to reduce their personal consumption by recycling and reusing plastic bottles and bags.
So, in 2018, we made a commitment to significantly reduce single-use disposable plastics, such as plastic straws, stirrers, bags, cutlery and other packaging across global food operations by 2022. This reduction strategy starts with significantly reducing plastic straws and stirrers, and offering eco-friendly alternatives where possible, with an expected 60% decrease in plastic straws—or about 100 million straws annually.
We are also working to reduce other single-use plastics, such as bags and cutlery, and expanding our offerings of reusable products. We are ramping up efforts to provide reusable products across food service operations. Current offerings include reusable tumblers and sports bottles for hot and cold beverages, cutlery sets in a convenient pouch, reusable straws and cleaners, take-out containers and more. And we're partnering with suppliers and national brands to reduce packaging through design and innovation.
Our goal is to eliminate waste before it is generated and creates problems for the environment. In addition to waste minimization, we work with clients to implement recycling programs to further divert waste from landfills globally.
August 9, 2018 - We are introducing new sustainability commitments, healthier menu items and innovative programs, to fit Gen Zers’ desires.