KFC Canada considers bamboo buckets for 2020
November 5, 2019
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KFC Canada announced today that they are exploring eco-friendly alternatives for their world-famous buckets, testing new innovative materials like 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,” said Armando Carrillo, innovation manager, KFC Canada. “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 20-30 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.
Earlier this year, KFC Canada committed to sourcing 100 per cent of fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2020. Additionally, as part of a global sustainability commitment by the brand, KFC Canada continues to pursue making all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging recoverable or reusable by 2025, and announced in July that all plastic straws and bags would be removed from restaurants before the end of 2019.
KFC Canada estimates that this action alone will eliminate more than 50 million plastic straws and 10 million plastic bags from the communities in which the company operates.