As part of our family summer routine, we usually go on vacations and inevitably visit McDonalds for a few meals. We do our part by refusing the takeout bag (it's easy to just grab the food items and place them in the car via the drive through. We also refuse the extra pancake syrups, butter and eat our chicken nuggets without the sauce (it's healthier and we don't wind up throwing out these extra condiments).
To encourage McDonalds to do more for the environment, visit their website at www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/our_story/values_in_action/recycle_renew.html and leave them a quick eco-friendly encouragement message on the contact us tab. If you are aware of other retail food chains that have similar eco-friendly programs, let me know.