The Final Straw – KFC Says Bye Bye To Plastic

1 July 2019

Its the first of July, the second half of an already prosperous 2019 and one of our favourite fast food brands have committed to making a huge difference. KFC is committing to eliminating all plastic straws from their 900 stores across South Africa by today. That’s right, bye bye plastic!

On the 20th of June 2019, KFC South Africa made a mark in history by officially announcing the removal of plastic straws in over 900 restaurants across South Africa, helping to eliminate 60 million plastic straws a year. In celebration of this major announcement, KFC along with the Origins Centre at Wits University will be having an exhibition of plastic straws to mark its fatal ending. This move forms part of a new global sustainability commitment from the business that all plastic-based packaging items will be recoverable or reusable by 2025.

“This moment in our history is just the beginning. It started with the straw. This is our final straw” ~ Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Africa’s Public Affairs Director.

This commitment supports KFC’s long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants – by developing a roadmap for using sustainable packaging options –building on the progress of plastic straws. In addition to this, and as part of its ongoing efforts to adopt more sustainable practices, the brand has already removed disposable plastic beverage cups from its KFC head office.

“… With environmental sustainability as a core aspect of how we do business, this commitment represents a public acknowledgment of the start of our journey as KFC to address these issues to have a positive effect on our environment….”~  Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Africa’s Public Affairs Director.

As one of the leading QSR brands in the industry, KFC remains committed to embarking on initiatives that uphold environmental standards in the communities where they operate. They, therefore, believe it’s their responsibility to take the necessary measures and implement practices that will ensure the reduction of their environmental impact as much as possible.

The exhibition will be on display to the public at the Wits Origins Centre for the next 2 months to mark the final straw and raise awareness and educate on the use of plastics and its impact.

For more information about this exciting campaign visit or keep it social on their handles below:

Facebook: KFC

Twitter: @kfcsa

Instagram: @kfcsouthafrica

YouTube: KFC South Africa




We Like Things and Love to learn too! We have 2 sets of 4 tickets and a R100 KFC Voucher to be won for you and your friends to go experience the #TheFinalStraw Exhibition at Origins Centre.

To Win:

1 – Share this link on your social media (IG, Twitter OR Facebook) AND Tag 3 environmentally friendly Buddies

2 – ANSWER: How many plastic straws will KFC be removing yearly by switching to paper straws?

The Ts & Cs

You may enter as many times as you like. Remember to use the #TheFinalStraw

Competition closes Friday 5th July 2019 a4pm. Winners will be notified via email.

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