Canadian coffeehouse and restaurant chain Tim Hortons has revealed plans to introduce new packaging in 2023 as it aims to reduce waste and eliminate single-use plastic across operation.
Early next year, the company’s restaurant will roll out new breakfast and lunch wrapper that reduces material usage by 75% compared to the previously used wrap box.
Tim Hortons expects the initiative to save more than 1,400t of material a year.
The company’s restaurants will also scrap all single-use plastic bags and replace it with reusable bags, which will be available for purchase starting next month.
In addition, Tim Hortons will launch compostable wooden cutlery and fibre spoon across its restaurants Canada early next year.
The transition will remove approximately 90 million single-use plastics a year.
Currently, the company is piloting a recyclable fibre-based hot beverage lid replacing plastic lids on loaded bowls in Vancouver, Canada.
Slated to run for around 12 weeks, the trial is intended to develop a plastic alternative that is easier to recycle and repurpose without compromising customers’ experience.
Tim Hortons procurement, sustainability and packaging senior director Paul Yang said: “Through our sustainability platform Tims for Good, we’re always looking for ways, big and small, to make thoughtful choices on material and design in order to reduce and eliminate packaging and contribute to more sustainable innovation.”
In May this year, Tim Hortons partnered with non-profit organisation Return-It to pilot a reusable and returnable cup scheme in Vancouver.
Launched at ten restaurants, the project has grown to include nine public bins for returning cups and a total of more than 60 cup return points across the city.