KFC Announces Global Pledge To Eliminate Non-Recoverable or Non-Reusable Plastic-Based Packaging

KFC Announces Global Pledge To Eliminate Non-Recoverable or Non-Reusable Plastic-Based Packaging

New commitment reinforces KFC’s strategy to implement more sustainable options for consumer-facing packaging
 
KFC, one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant chains, today announced a new global sustainability commitment that all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. The goal supports KFC’s long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants – both by developing and using sustainable packaging options – and builds on progress made in some markets to eliminate plastics such as straws and lids, completely.
 
"As a global brand that operates in more than 22,000 restaurants in over 135 countries, KFC is in a position to have a real impact on how the industry approaches waste and packaging management overall," said Tony Lowings, Chief Executive Officer of KFC. "With environmental sustainability as a core aspect of how we do business, this commitment represents a public acknowledgement of the obligation we have to address these serious issues."
 
To meet these goals, KFC has developed a roadmap that includes partnering with major suppliers and franchisees globally to identify plastic alternatives in each market. The restaurant chain is working on several key initiatives related to achieving these goals, including conducting an audit of current systems with franchisees to identify plastic waste reduction opportunities; partnering with suppliers to identify sustainable packaging alternatives for items like straws, plastic bags, cutlery and lids; and setting market-specific goals to reduce, reuse and recycle.
 
Several markets have already announced plans to reduce the use of certain plastics, including: KFC Singapore’s intention to stop providing plastic straws and cup lids in its 84 restaurants; KFC Romania’s and France’s common goal to replace all plastic straws with paper; and KFC India’s removal of consumer plastic bags from their restaurants and ongoing transition to sustainable alternatives for plastic cups, bowls, sporks and straws.
 
In addition to KFC’s new plastics goal and the existing commitment by its parent company – Yum! Brands, Inc. – to source 100% of fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2020, KFC has committed to global packaging innovation by signing on as a supporting partner with NextGen Consortium. NextGen is a multi-year, multi-industry global consortium that aims to advance the design, commercialization, and recovery of food packaging alternatives. Through this partnership, KFC hopes to identify fiber packaging solutions that are recoverable across global infrastructures.