In Canada, KFC is debuting biodegradable cutlery. The ubiquitous purveyor of seven herbs and spices expects the switch to sporks made of bamboo, corn, and sugarcane will eliminate 40 million pieces of plastics from its waste stream. The new cutlery, which debuts in December, breaks down into biomass, carbon dioxide, and water at room temperature.
“Operating sustainably has always been part of our DNA. We will continue to invest and innovate to protect the communities we operate in as well as the world around us,” Nivera Wallani, president and general manager of KFC Canada, said in a press release. “Moving to a compostable, fiber-based cutlery is one of many highlights in our journey to eliminate harmful plastics and waste from our business. We hope this sets an example for the food industry and keeps us collectively moving forward.”
KFC also expects to introduce a bamboo-based packaging for its poutine by 2021—eliminating 12 million plastic containers.