All poutine and chicken bowls at KFC Canada will permanently be served in bamboo buckets by the end of 2020.
This step is comes along with the company’s goal of making the transition for all its buckets by the end of 2021.
The move to bamboo buckets will see KFC Canada eliminate 55 tonnes of plastic waste annually. KFC’s other buckets are currently made from paper pulp.
“As we looked to find a reliable and eco-friendly solution for our buckets, bamboo emerged as the winner,” said Armando Carrillo, innovation manager with KFC Canada. “Bamboo is one of the most renewable and fastest growing materials, naturally anti-bacterial, 100 per cent biodegradable, requires no pesticides, and regenerates itself very quickly when harvested. Bamboo is one of many ways we are keeping harmful waste out of Canadian landfills.”
KFC has been testing bamboo buckets in select Ontario and Quebec restaurants since November 2019 and received an overwhelmingly positive response from team members and customers.
“As a global brand, we have a tremendous responsibility to make a difference in the communities we operate in and to work collectively to make our planet a more sustainable place to live,” said Nivera Wallani, president and general manager, KFC Canada. “While we are incredibly proud of this achievement, we have more to do—and look forward to innovating further to bring additional eco-friendly solutions to our restaurants.”
In 2019, KFC Canada eliminated 50 million straws and 10 million plastic bags from all restaurants and committed to eliminating all non-recoverable and non-reusable plastic packaging by 2025.