KFC has announced a new global sustainability commitment, revealing that all plastic-based consumer-facing plastic packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025.
“As a global brand that operates 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, KFC global CEO. “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.”
The YUM! Brands-owned chicken chain has been working with suppliers across the world to develop a roadmap towards these goals. Countries around the world have already taken steps – the 84 restaurants in Singapore have already announced an end to plastic straws and cup lids, KFC in both Romanian and France have made moves to replace plastic straws with paper, and KFC in India have removed plastic bags and are transitioning to sustainable alternatives to straws, bowls and cutlery.