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KFC Canada just came up with the most clever eco-friendly packaging

KFC Canada is taking things to a whole other level; sure, the fast-food company could serve their iconic chicken in recyclable packaging, but why not take things a step further and use bamboo?

Yes, you read that right.

By the end of 2021, KFC Canada is pledging to make 100 per cent of their famous buckets out of bamboo. By the end of this year, all poutine and chicken bowls will permanently be served in bamboo buckets.

By changing from paper buckets, KFC Canada say that it will eliminate 55 tonnes of plastic waste annually — the equivalent weight of about nine grown male elephants.

"KFC has the most iconic packaging in the world," said Armando Carrillo, Innovation Manager at KFC Canada, in a press release on Monday.

"As we looked to find a reliable and eco-friendly solution for our buckets, bamboo emerged as the winner."

Carrillo pointed out that bamboo is one of the most renewable materials and 100 per cent biodegradable, making it ideal to keep harmful waste out of Canadian landfills.

The company has been experimenting with bamboo buckets in select Ontario and Quebec locations since November 2019, but this will be the first time that they're rolled out nationwide. 

Multiple fast-food chains in Canada have made efforts lately to become more sustainable, including Tim Hortons, who switched up their regular Roll Up the Rim contest this year to include reusable cups.

Meanwhile south of the border, KFC's buckets will continue to be made from recyclable materials, but the fast-food chain has yet to roll out any bamboo buckets in the U.S.

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