KFC to go straw-free, cut use of plastic lids

From tomorrow, KFC outlets will not provide plastic straws and will use plastic lids only for takeaway food.
From tomorrow, KFC outlets will not provide plastic straws and will use plastic lids only for takeaway food.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Fast-food chain KFC will no longer provide plastic straws or use plastic lids for drinks at its 84 outlets here from tomorrow.

Its initiative to go green will save an estimated 17.9 tonnes of single-use plastics in a year, KFC announced yesterday.

The company will also review and introduce the use of more biodegradable packaging, it added.

"We acknowledge the strain that single-use plastics put on our environment and are taking steps to do our part," said general manager Lynette Lee.

"We recognise that every little bit counts and are proud to be the first fast-food restaurant in Singapore to champion this movement, one straw at a time," she added.

However, plastic lids will still be used for takeaway food.

The move has earned KFC praise from environmentally-conscious Singaporeans, including Singapore Youth for Climate Action member Pamela Low.

 
 
 

Ms Low said she was happy to hear that KFC is taking steps to cut down its use of plastic.

"I'm happy that KFC didn't just stop with plastic straws, but went further to stop using plastic lids as well," said the 22-year-old undergraduate.

KFC is the latest business to stop using plastic disposables at its outlets after six hotels pledged to stop using single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, toiletry bottles and plastic bags on June 1.

At least one foodcourt has also gone plastic straw-free, The Straits Times reported in April.

The Koufu foodcourt at Singapore Management University stopped using plastic straws and has introduced biodegradable takeaway packaging as well as reusable utensils.

Koufu chief development officer David Yang said it will monitor the overall response before deciding whether to expand the initiative to its other outlets.

McDonald's told The Straits Times that it will be testing "straw alternatives" in selected countries.

"We will learn from these tests around the world to develop solutions that are feasible and scalable for us in Singapore," it said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2018, with the headline 'KFC to go straw-free, cut use of plastic lids'. Print Edition | Subscribe