TORONTO — KFC Canada announced that by 2025, all consumer-facing packaging will be fully home compostable,
The chain will begin piloting its first home-compostable bucket this year. This commitment plans to 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 per cent home compostable consumer packaging is a bold and ambitious step we are taking to inspire positive change in the communities we operate in,” says 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.”
Over the past couple of years, KFC Canada has taken some significant steps towards its sustainability goals, including removing plastic straws and bags in 2019, which eliminated 50 million straws and 10 million bags and replaced them with fibre-based alternatives.
In 2020, it began testing fibre-based cutlery and announced the introduction of bamboo buckets for its chicken and poutine.
“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,” says 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 will be revealed on June 30.