The Straits Times
Fast-food chain KFC will no longer provide plastic straws or use plastic caps for drinks at its 84 outlets in Singapore, in an initiative to go green. (Shutterstock/Nazeri Mamat)
Fast-food chain KFC will no longer provide plastic straws or use plastic caps for drinks at its 84 outlets in Singapore from June 20, in an initiative to go green.
The move will save an estimated 17.9 tons of single-use plastics in a year, the restaurant announced on Monday.
KFC will also review and introduce the use of more biodegradable packaging, it added.
"We acknowledge the strain that single-use plastics put on our environment and are taking steps to do our part in endeavouring a change, said general manager Lynette Lee.
"We recognize that every little bit counts and are proud to be the first fast food restaurant in Singapore to champion this movement, one straw at a time," she added in the statement.
KFC is the latest business to stop using plastic disposables at its outlets, after six hotels pledged to stop using single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, toiletry bottles and plastic bags on June 1.
At least one food court has also gone plastic straw-free, according to a Straits Times report in April.
The Koufu food court at Singapore Management University stopped using plastic straws and has introduced biodegradable takeaway packaging as well as reusable utensils.
Koufu's chief development officer David Yang said it will monitor the "overall response" before deciding whether to further the initiative to its other outlets.