A campaign to ban plastic toys from Burger King kids meals, set up by sisters Ella and Caitlin, has been a success.
When sisters Ella and Caitlin learnt about the negative impact that plastic waste has on the environment they were determined to do something about it. They’d noticed that the plastic toys that come with kids meals in McDonald’s and Burger King were often unwanted and thrown away. Even when children did play with the toys it was only for a short time before they ended up in the bin.
Ella and Caitlin started a campaign on Change.org asking McDonald’s and Burger King to stop giving away plastic toys. In the summer of 2019 they also featured in the BBC documentary “War on Plastic” with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani.
A successful campaign
Their petition has now received over 510,000 signatures and their campaign to ban plastic toys from Burger King a success! Burger King have just announced they will no longer be giving away plastic toys with their kids meals. They will also be putting special bins in their restaurants for customers to bring in old toys to be recycled. McDonald’s will still be giving away plastic toys but kids will now be given the option to swap the toy for a bag of fruit or book.
This campaign goes to prove how determined children can be to protect the environment for their future and for future generations. And if just two primary school girls can have such a huge impact on two huge corporations just imagine what other positive changes lots more school children could make!
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