Good news for planet Earth – fast-food chain KFC is no longer supplying plastic beverage lids and straws to dine-in guests at all its outlets in Hong Kong and Macau. This move comes after the fried-chicken giant conducted a trial programme at nine of its branches, which received a big green thumbs-up from customers.
KFC's decision to reduce single-use plastic consumption reflects our city's increased awareness of sustainable practices. Just earlier this month, the Have a Plastic-Free Day initiative was launched in Cheung Chau (if you haven't been, it ends this weekend). And while many major hotels and upscale restaurants and bars have made efforts to reduce plastic waste in recent months, KFC is one of the first fast-food chains in Hong Kong to do the same. Although the chicken chain still plans to offer lids and straws for takeaway orders and speciality drinks, it’s an encouraging step in the right direction and hopefully heralds further change in the fast-food industry.
So, if you’re looking for an excuse to treat yourself to a thigh and wing combo this lunchtime, here’s your reason. Just remember to dine in.