Burger King has followed KFC’s footsteps, and stopped giving plastic straws and lids for cold drinks to its dine-in customers as of Monday (15 October).
However, customers can still request for them at the fast-food chain’s 42 outlets, while they will also be provided for deliveries and takeaways.
Burger King Singapore general manager Goh Chin Hou said in a statement, “The removal of straws and lids will help our guests rethink whether they really need them and get everyone to do their part in keeping the environment clean.
“It may seem like a drop in the ocean but when more organisations adopt the initiative, we believe it will send a positive signal to the community and we hope that ripples will eventually turn to waves.”
Burger King Singapore said that it had joined the global eco-conscious movement when it replaced its trayliners with paper that comes from responsibly-managed forests where new trees are planted to replace those harvested. Furthermore, all of Burger King’s products are packed into paper bags instead of plastic bags.
It added that the annual weight of plastics used for its straws and lids is 14.7 metric tons.
KFC had stopped providing straws and plastic lids for dine-in customers in its 84 outlets since June 20. Also, restaurants under Japan Foods Holding started providing straws only on request two months ago. The group has about 50 outlets under 14 brands, including Ajisen Ramen and Menya Musashi.