TORONTO — McDonald’s Canada has revealed a series of original artworks commissioned from 15 Canadian and Indigenous artists who used trays made with upcycled plastic straws from The Rogerie as a canvas for their work. The designs reflect the artists’ perspectives on sustainability and the environment.
Participating artists include:
- West: Nicole Wolf, Ray Dak Lam, Jarett Sitter, Tierney Milne, Justin Currie, Chris Morin, Monika Melnychuk
- Ontario: Rachel Joanis, Mateusz Napieralski, Ryan Pooman
- Quebec: Genevieve Andersen, Anne-Julie Dudemaine
- East: Kirsten Stackhouse, Bella Seonyoung Heo, Elana Camille
The trays will be donated to local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Houses across Canada. Houses may keep the tray on display or they may choose to auction it off for fundraising purposes.
“In the spirit of reducing waste being sent to landfill, we challenged ourselves to find an inventive and out-of-the-box way to give some of these plastic straws a ‘second act.’ Thanks to these artists, they can live on as something beautiful,” says Gemma Pryor, senior director – Canada Impact Team, McDonald’s Canada. “Removing single-use plastic straws from restaurants is just one of the initiatives McDonald’s Canada has undertaken. From reducing napkin size by 20 per cent in 2019, to trialing an electric vehicle as part of the supply chain distribution fleet earlier this year, we’re continuing to explore opportunities to make important changes in the Canadian system.”