Plastic waste, and human garbage in general, is a big threat to wildlife and the natural world. People around the world are beginning to realize the impact human garbage and plastic can have on wildlife and are choosing to reduce the amount of waste they create.

Every so often, a large company even gets involved in making a difference. Take, for example, McDonald’s. They may not be the first company you think of when it comes to wildlife conservation, but back in 2006, they actually made a huge change to their McFlurries to protect hedgehogs.

According to IFLScience, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society campaigned to have the McFlurry lids redesigned because hedgehogs kept getting their heads stuck in them.

When people would discard the McFlurry cups and lids, hedgehogs would go looking for a sweet treat and stick their heads in the opening of the lid – only to get it stuck. It resulted in many hedgehogs in need of rescuing.

Miraculously, McDonald’s took the campaign seriously and ended up redesigning its McFlurry lids. Now, the lid only has a small hole that the spoon can fit through, whereas before, the hole was much larger.

While it seems to have helped the issue, it didn’t solve the problem entirely. Since 2006, hedgehogs have continued to get their heads stuck in McFlurry cups.

Want to help hedgehogs? You can make a difference by reducing the waste you create, participating in One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign to lower your carbon footprint, and reading about how habitat loss is causing human-wildlife conflict around the world.

Sign this petition to help save hedgehogs.

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