- Yum China steps up efforts to provide sustainable options for consumers
- 30% reduction of non-degradable plastic packaging weight by 2025
Yum China announced that it has launched a series of plastic reduction and environmentally friendly packaging initiatives across its brands in line with the latest regulations in China. This includes replacing existing plastic packaging with paper straws, paper bags, and biodegradable plastic bags. As a result of these initiatives, Yum China expects a reduction of approximately 8,000 tons of non-degradable plastics annually starting from 2021.
KFC China recently launched a “Be Natural, Be You” sustainability campaign to enhance consumers’ awareness of environmental protection and encourage more sustainable lifestyles, including reducing the use of disposable plastic packaging and better waste sorting. From January 2021, all KFC restaurants in mainland China will stop using plastic straws and over 90% of KFC restaurants will replace disposable plastic cutlery with wooden cutlery for dine-in and takeaway. In addition, non-degradable plastic bags used for delivery and takeaway in over 50% KFC restaurants will be replaced with paper bags or biodegradable plastic bags. By the end of 2025, all KFC restaurants will phase out non-degradable plastic bags and cutlery in mainland China.
As of the end of 2020, all Pizza Hut restaurants in mainland China have eliminated the use of plastic straws. At the same time, over 70% of Pizza Hut restaurants across the country have replaced existing plastic bags with paper bags or biodegradable plastic bags. Building on these achievements, Pizza Hut will eliminate the use of non-degradable plastic bags by the end of 2022.
In addition to complying with regulatory requirements, these latest actions reflect Yum China’s company-wide packaging strategy that aims to reduce disposable packaging from source through the use of new packaging solutions, new materials, as well as innovative technologies. The strategy includes ensuring that all customer facing, plastic-based packaging is recyclable, refusing to purchase paper products from suppliers that knowingly cause deforestation, and working towards a 30% reduction on non-degradable plastic packaging weight by 2025.
“The new plastic reduction initiatives reinforce our sustainability strategy to drive meaningful change through packaging innovation and reduction.” said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. “In line with our long-term commitment of supporting economic, social and environmental development, we are committed to working with customers, partners, and all other stakeholders to promote a more sustainable future.”