The NEW YORK TIMES reported this week that McDonald's will abandon styrofoam "clamshell" packaging for the burgers at their 8,000 restaurants. The TIMES reported that Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) was responsible for changing McDonald's mind.
Unfortunately, the TIMES was entirely misinformed. The campaign
to change McDonald's mind was started by Theresa Freeman of
Vermonters Organized for Cleanup [(802) 476-7757] several years
ago. Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste (CCHW) helped
spread the word. VOC and CCHW built a campaign in 25 countries.
McDonald's brought EDF in as advisors only at the bitter end when
the jig was up.
--Peter Montague, Ph.D.
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