KFC, Walmart Canada the latest companies to commit to using less plastic

Fast-food chicken chain KFC said all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025.Justin Sullivan

Plastic is a hot topic in Davos this week and more big-name companies are stepping up commitments to reducing plastic waste — playing catch-up to other industry leaders.

Fast-food chicken chain KFC said Thursday that all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. Walmart Canada announced plans on Wednesday that include reducing plastic bag use by 2025 that will take about 1 billion bags out of circulation, and replacing single-use plastic straws with paper alternatives by 2020.

“This commitment represents a public acknowledgment of the obligation we have to address these serious issues” of environmental sustainability, KFC Chief Executive Officer Tony Lowings said in a statement.

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