KFC Australia has partnered with Graphic Packaging International to supply 500,000 sustainable food buckets for Australian cricket’s Big Bash League 2018.
This move complements the recent pledge taken by the Australian government for all packaging in the country to be 100% reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025.
The fast food chain has selected the non-plastic solution from the packaging firm based on its eco-credentials.
Graphic Packaging will manufacture the recyclable buckets at its facility in Winsford, UK.
Graphic Packaging managing director Mike Turner said: “We’ve had a successful working relationship with KFC UK and Ireland for some time now.
“And whilst the company has its own bucket supplier in Australia, its requirement for a renewable solution meant that Graphic Packaging International was, without question, the supplier of choice.”
According to the packaging firm, the 100% plastic-free bucket features grease-resistant lining to prevent excess oil, as well as clay coating to improve print vibrancy.
Turner added: “KFC Australia’s adoption of the GPI Foodservice bucket is a step in the right direction toward meeting the country’s sustainability targets. We’re delighted to be supporting them in this venture.”
The Big Bash League 2018 is the Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league, which will begin on 19 December and end on 17 February next year.
In August this year, KFC Hong Kong committed to eliminate plastic lids and straws across its stores in Hong Kong and Macau effective immediately, in an effort to reduce single-use plastics and lessen its environmental impact.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Graphic Packaging International offers paper-based packaging solutions for foodservice and other consumer product companies.