McDonald’s India – North and East takes a unique approach to sustainability, repurposes OOH Campaign Material into school bags for kids
New Delhi, 24th January 2024: - As a commitment to bringing in sustainability and community involvement across each of its functions, McDonald's India- North and East in its latest initiative has taken a step ahead
New Delhi, 24th January 2024: – As a commitment to bringing in sustainability and community involvement across each of its functions, McDonald’s India- North and East in its latest initiative has taken a step ahead by repurposing its out-of-home marketing material into school bags for kids. The initiative is conceptualised and executed in collaboration with OMD India with the goal of reducing plastic waste.
Faced with the global plastic pollution crisis, brands all over the world are working to reduce plastic waste. McDonald’s India North and East leads the way in creating out-of-home advertising and recognises that billboard vinyl, which is made of non-biodegradable polymers, contributes significantly to plastic waste.
“Our sustainability efforts are focused on keeping communities clean, protecting the planet for future generations, and supporting our long-term business resilience. We continuously explore avenues to reduce waste, transition to more sustainable materials, while simultaneously making a meaningful contribution to communities. The repurposing of billboard materials into school bags exemplifies our dedication to achieving both of these goals in an innovative and impactful manner. This endeavour not only marks a significant stride for us toward strengthening sustainable practices but also underscores our dedication to creating a significant positive impact within our communities.”Rajeev Ranjan, Managing Director, McDonald’s ndia – North and East
“As people’s mindsets increasingly shift from a consumerist approach to one that’s more conscious and intent-driven, advertising’s focus on sustainability gets stronger than ever. We see Happy Bags as not just a campaign but a heartwarming step towards sustainable practices for McDonald’s. Channelling the spirit of giving this holiday season, we’re pleased to be emphasizing the need for innovative approaches to driving social and environmental impact.”Anisha Iyer, CEO, OMD India Team
By partnering with the NGO Child Survival India, McDonald’s has successfully distributed over 2000 upcycled bags to children aged 5 to 18 years. The campaign unlocked a unique opportunity to infuse joy and spread happiness among children who truly need it. In a striking fusion of style and utility, the bags boast a design that effortlessly blends functionality with vibrant aesthetics, serving as a practical asset for school-going children and a reminder of the positive change achievable through conscious, sustainable efforts.
While being an interesting school supply and a unique utility for kids heading back to school, the initiative serves as a constant reminder of the good that can be accomplished through deliberate and long-term efforts. Through this initiative, the brand advances its goal of decreasing waste and promoting a sustainable culture, thereby, creating a long-term positive impact in the communities it serves.
Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. operates McDonald’s restaurants in the north and east of India. To provide customers with the best possible dining experience, McDonald’s offers a selection of menu items produced using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Employing more than 6,000 people directly and serving millions of customers annually at its 197 outlets throughout North and East India, McDonald’s operates through various formats and brand extensions, including freestanding restaurants, drive-thru, round-the-clock restaurants, and McDelivery for the convenience and experience of its customers.