Environmentally speaking, packaging can be both a benefit and a problem. On one hand, we need to choose our materials carefully and make sure they come from sources that don't damage the environment. But packaging also plays a vital role in preserving resources by reducing food waste.
We want to minimise the environmental impacts of our packaging wherever possible and are committed to working with our suppliers to ensure this. Our aim is to remove, reuse or reduce packaging, but never at the expense of food quality or our ability to serve food safely, quickly and conveniently. We are reviewing all suppliers and packaging lines, so we can fully understand the proportion of our packaging that is made of recycled materials, the proportion that is recyclable (widely recycled) and the consequences of reducing packaging on our marketing and our customers’ experience of eating at KFC. We will use the results to develop commitments for using recycled packaging materials wherever we can (within the tight health and safety constraints for using recycled content for primary food packaging) and making it as easy as possible for customers to recycle our packaging once they've eaten.
We are committed to using more recycled content in our packaging where possible (as determined by restrictions on using recycled content for primary packaging that contains food) and to only to purchase from suppliers who buy these products from well-managed, sustainable sources. We will not knowingly accept products that are harvested illegally or sourced from protected forest areas, and are committed to ensuring the virgin materials we use don’t contain mixed tropical hardwoods.
Our aim is to ensure these materials are sourced and processed responsibly and sustainably. Our aim is for 100% of KFC UK and Ireland’s packaging to be from either recycled or sustainable sources.
We will only purchase from suppliers who buy from well-managed, sustainable sources. We will not knowingly accept products that are harvested illegally or sourced from protected forest areas, and are committed to ensuring the virgin materials we use don’t contain mixed tropical hardwoods.
As this is complex to manage, we use a supplier database which includes rigorous fibre testing and surveillance to ensure compliance.
We require our packaging suppliers to source wood fibre that is certified as responsibly sourced by a third party, so we can be sure it meets the most rigorous forest management standards. We also expect suppliers to demonstrate full chain of custody throughout their supply chain. The third-party certifications we accept are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and national certification systems endorsed by the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
“KFC in the UK sources buckets from International Paper Foodservice Europe Ltd which obtains the board to make our buckets from IPs US paper mills which are SFI Chain of Custody certified. Additionally, our fibre procurement activities are SFI Procurement and ISO 14001 certified. IP has been making paper for over 100 years and is one of the industry leaders in responsible fibre sourcing.” - International Paper Sustainability Index
Plastics in packaging
Our goal is for 100% of the various KFC-branded plastics in our packaging to be made from either recycled materials, readily-recyclable or compostable materials. As part of our packaging review, we will collect and assess data on current packaging materials throughout 2014. Working with our supplier, we are investigating ways to serve beans and gravy in recyclable plastic pots.