Chicken Giant To Launch New Bamboo Packaging
This action alone will eliminate more than 50 million plastic straws and 10 million plastic bags from the communities in which KFC Canada operates
December 10, 2019
Fast-food restaurant giant KFC Canada has announced plans to launch a new line of environmentally-friendlier alternatives to its iconic world-famous buckets next year, starting with a bamboo-fiber poutine bucket in early 2020.
“The KFC bucket is one of the most iconic symbols around the world and has always been synonymous with our world-famous chicken,” says KFC Canada’s innovation manager Armando Carrillo.
“We’re proud of our sustainability journey and we want our customers to feel that KFC is dedicated to not only providing Finger Lickin’ Good chicken in every bucket, but also delivering it in a way that our guests can feel good about.”
Although bamboo is a new innovation to packaging, it has been used throughout history for many applications, from food sources to building materials.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, growing on average 24 inches per day and reaching its adult size in three to five years, compared to 20 to 30 years for trees.
Often referred to as one of the world’s most renewable and fastest growing materials, bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and 100-per cent biodegradable; requires no pesticides; and regenerates itself very quickly when harvested.
According to Vaughan, Ont.-headquartered KFC Canada, the new bamboo packaging initiative builds on the commitments already achieved by the brand in the sustainable packaging realm.
Earlier this year, KFC Canada committed to sourcing 100 per cent of its fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2020.
As part of a global sustainability commitment by the brand, KFC Canada also continues to pursue making all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging recoverable or reusable by 2025, and it also announced in July that all plastic straws and bags would be removed from its restaurants before the end of 2019.
This action alone will eliminate more than 50 million plastic straws and 10 million plastic bags from the communities in which KFC Canada operates, according to the company.