“Burger King® is committed to being part of a more sustainable future by reducing our environmental footprint. That’s why today, we are continuing our journey by launching a green packaging pilot program focused on finding scalable solutions for eight of our most-used, guest-facing items including forks, spoons, knives, straws, drink lids, Frypods®, Whopper® wrappers and napkins.
The guest packaging will be tested in 51 of our company-owned restaurants in Miami and utilizes alternative materials, such as Frypods® made with renewable unbleached virgin paperboard; cutlery made with cPLA, a plant-based plastic; and napkins made with 100 percent recycled fiber. We will also be testing paper and plant-based straws along with strawless lids, which could potentially eliminate up to 500 million single-use plastic straws annually from participating U.S. Burger King® restaurants. This action alone would translate to the removal of 910 metric tons of greenhouse gasses per year, the equivalent of 196 vehicles driven for one year. We’re also testing two new options for Whopper® sandwich wraps, which represent a 13 percent and 34 percent reduction in paper compared to previous wraps, respectively. This could translate to an additional 500 to 1,500 metric tons of paper waste eliminated annually across the U.S.
“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,” said 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.”
By piloting solutions in restaurants, we can get direct feedback from guests on how the packages perform, make iterative changes with our supplier, and build an implementation roadmap for the system. Upon completion of the pilot test, we will take the learnings and guest feedback to inform our plans for nationwide sustainable packaging in the next year. This pilot gives us the opportunity to gain knowledge and provide learnings for the industry while getting us one step closer towards our goal of advancing packaging sustainability by improving materials and reducing overall packaging used, including single-use plastics.
The green packaging pilot is another action Burger King® is taking to align with its principle of doing what’s right. In that spirit, we are continuing to develop our global partnership with Loop to reduce single-use packaging through reusables and are looking to include two new cities, Paris and London, in addition to the earlier announced target cities of New York, Portland, and Tokyo. Our reusable pilot will offer more guests the option to join us in our efforts to reduce waste when ordering their Burger King® favorites like the Whopper® sandwich, soft drink, or coffee….”