Fast-food chain Burger King announced it is testing green packaging in 51 restaurants, QSR Magazine reported. The company’s choice aligns with its other environmental commitments.

Source: CBS4 Indy/YouTube

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The company’s testing includes changes for most-used items including forks, spoons, straws knives, drink lids, Frypods, Whopper wrappers, and napkins. Materials used in the products include plant-based straws, napkins made with recycled fiber, and Frypods made with renewable paperboard, and cutlery made with plant-based plastic.

“Sustainable packaging is a cornerstone of our Restaurant Brands for Good journey, and this new pilot represents a huge opportunity for us to make a difference,” says Matthew Banton, head of innovation and sustainability, Burger King. “We’re optimistic about our progress and are committed to reducing waste to do our part in creating a more sustainable future.”

The pilot program allows for direct feedback from guests and will reduce the overall packaging and plastic used by the company.

In response to the reusable packaging program, Greenpeace USA Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar said: “The fast food sector is among the most wasteful in the world – nearly everything is packaged in unrecyclable, single-use packaging that is only used for a few seconds or minutes. The pandemic has only worsened those impacts, as more people opt for quick carryout options from these restaurants. It is encouraging to see Burger King experimenting with reusables, and we hope to see them scale this initiative up as soon as possible. Reusables can be cleaned and sanitized to protect our health, while also making meaningful progress for our environment.”

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