Since the early days, McDonald’s has made efforts to use techniques and materials that are more environmentally friendly. We don’t really want to think about the waste that is created when a franchise such as this one serves 70 million customers daily, but sadly it’s probably leaning towards a couple of metric tons every second.
But it’s not all gloom and doom because, according to their website, they claim that over 80% of their packaging is recycled or recyclable, and they aim to bump this figure up to 100% by 2025. According to this picture of a boy eating ice cream, they have also been creating recycling awareness through their tray liners since the ’90s, so that’s not too bad.
Serving All Sports Stars
Among all the fancy sports stars that McDonald's has served in the past, they have also served famous German soccer stars. Pictured here is Dieter Hoeneß in 1987, a soccer star with a massive burger on his lap, waving to his fans after a match.
Not sure if this was a paid partnership, given this sport's player's fame in Germany, or if he really just wanted a burger after his match. At this stage, Dieter Hoeneß was playing for the famed F.C. Bayern Munich club and did so with a great victory. He scored 102 goals in 224 matches for them in the German Bundesliga. Go, team, go!
McDonald's Food Factory
Behind every McDonald's serving food to the masses, there's got to be a place where the food comes from before it reaches the restaurant, right? Any given McDonald's restaurant is not gonna cut the potatoes for fries, make the buns from scratch, or the beef patties for that matter.
Usually, fast-food chains just prepare meals from premade frozen food items, so naturally, McDonald's is gonna have factories where these frozen items are pre-prepared. We wouldn't want to bore you too much with the details of how these foods get made and what exactly goes into them, but here's a pic from a McDonald's employee handling heaps of un-baked dough at a McDonald's factory.
Ronald McDonald Benches
McDonald's first brought Ronald into the world in the early '60s when they thought he would be a family favorite mascot. And he was for a long time! At first, some McDonald's-goers were skeptical of the new clown on the block, but within no time, he became the fast-food franchise's face and was loved by everyone.
Besides always being at a McDonald's restaurant (pre-2016) in the form of a statue sitting on a bench, like this picture taken in Beijing in the early '90s, he did a lot of other good things for the brand. While he may no longer be the face of the brand today, he is still the frontman of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
In the late '90s, two brave employees, Jamal Nickens, 20, and Bryan Drapp, 19, stood up for their rights by organizing an employee strike against McDonald's. This was quite a visionary moment as it was the first ever organized strike against this franchise since Ray Kroc took over the joint 43 years prior.
The two claimed to be "Overworked, Underpaid" on their posters, and somehow it all paid off as they got what they wanted in the end: a bit more pay and a little more respect. Heroes to their Mc-Coworkers, but certainly a massive headache to the McDonald's brand at the time.