TORONTO — Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada will be introducing wooden and fibre cutlery for guests, eliminating an estimated use of 90 million single-use plastics a year, starting in early 2023. The wooden cutlery and fibre spoon are both compostable. The plastic lids on Loaded Bowls are also being replaced with fibre lids.
Additionally, restaurants will shift to a new breakfast and lunch wrapper with an efficient design that uses 75 per cent less material than the prior wrap box, which is estimated to save more than 1,400 tonnes of material a year.
The company is also trailing a fibre hot beverage lid that is plastic-free and recyclable. The goal of the trial, which will run for approximately 12 weeks in Vancouver, is to develop products that are alternatives to plastic and easier to recycle and re-purpose while still offering a great guest experience. Guests will also be offered re-usable bags for purchase starting in January.
“Through our sustainability platform Tims for Good, we’re always looking for ways, big and small, to make thoughtful choices on material and design in order to reduce and eliminate packaging and contribute to more sustainable innovation,” says Paul Yang, senior director of Procurement, Sustainability and Packaging at Tim Hortons.