20.6 C
Kawartha Lakes
Friday, June 25, 2021
Home Health and Lifestyle KFC Canada Announces 100% Home Compostable Consumer Packaging By 2025

KFC Canada Announces 100% Home Compostable Consumer Packaging By 2025

KAWARTHA LAKES-In celebration of World Environment Day (June 5), KFC Canada has announced that by 2025, all consumer-facing packaging will be fully home compostable.

KFC will begin piloting its first home compostable bucket this year. The company says the move will divert nearly 200 million pieces of packaging from Canadian landfills each year.

“One of our leading principles at KFC Canada is feeding people, not landfills. The move to 100% home compostable consumer packaging is a bold and ambitious step we are taking to inspire positive change in the communities we operate in,” said Nivera Wallani, President & General Manager, KFC Canada. “We embrace our responsibility to drive meaningful change across the industry and work closely with our suppliers, franchisees and team members to continuously lessen KFC’s environmental footprint.”

Recent highlights in KFC Canada’s sustainability journey include:

  • Testing of fibre-based cutlery: In November 2020, select restaurants began testing a new fibre-based ‘spork’, made from bamboo, corn and sugarcane. The new cutlery naturally decomposes at room temperature and requires no additional treatment, nor does it leave any toxic by-products. The process takes approximately 18 months to decompose. Once fully introduced into the KFC restaurant system, the compostable cutlery will eliminate 40 million pieces of plastic cutlery annually.
  • Introduction of bamboo buckets: In 2020, KFC Canada announced that bamboo would become a permanent packaging solution for poutine and chicken – given that the material is fast-growing, anti-bacterial and 100% biodegradable. By the end of 2021, KFC will have removed 12 million plastic poutine containers from its operations by transitioning to bamboo.
  • Removing plastic straws and bags: In 2019, KFC Canada announced its pledge to eliminate all non-recoverable or non-reusable plastic-based packaging by 2025. By the end of 2019, KFC Canada removed all plastic straws and bags from its restaurants, eliminating 50 million plastic straws and 10 million plastic bags across the country and replacing them with fibre-based alternatives.

“Our packaging is a part of our heritage and our storytelling. Beyond its iconic image, we want KFC’s packaging to be forward-thinking, inspiring, and to champion functionality, food safety and eco-friendly solutions,” said Armando Carrillo, Innovation Manager, KFC Canada. “We have continued to accelerate our efforts and push the boundaries to bring more environmentally sustainable packaging solutions to market, including our recent move to bamboo poutine buckets. A fully home compostable packaging line is the ultimate win for us and for the environment.”

To celebrate this new commitment, KFC Canada is partnering with Toronto-based artist, Briony Douglas to design and create an iconic KFC bucket installation made entirely out of home compostable materials. The installation, which Douglas will complete over 25 days – a nod to the 2025 commitment, will be revealed on June 30.

To learn more about KFC Canada’s approach to environmental sustainability visit: www.kfc.ca/environment.

 

 

Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

Most Popular

City Says Popularity Of Textile Recycling Program Resulted In Missed Collection In Some Areas

KAWARTHA LAKES-The City says its first textile recycling collection has been met with overwhelming participation. We thank residents for taking the time to gather...

Ontario To Move To Step Two Of Reopening On June 30th

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario government is moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.“Because...

City Of Kawartha Lakes Considering Legalizing Tiny Homes

KAWARTHA LAKES – As the housing market continues to skyrocket and becoming a homeowner becomes more and more difficult, a petition was brought to...

Splash Pad At BGC Kawarthas Now Open To The Public On Weekends

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Splash Pad at BGC Kawarthas will be open to the public on weekends beginning Saturday, June 26. Weekdays, the Splash Pad will...