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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? KFC

The KFC bucket of chicken is iconic. Still that didn’t deter me in my zero-waste mission.

The famous paper bucket that KFC uses for its larger sized orders of chicken and has come to signify the company was originally created by Wendy’s restaurants founder Dave Thomas. Thomas was originally a franchisee of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken and operated several outlets in the Columbus, Ohio area. His reasoning behind using the paper packaging was that it helped keep the chicken crisp by wicking away excess moisture. Thomas was also responsible for the creation of the famous rotating bucket sign that came to be used at most KFC locations in the US.[21] – Wikipedia

It was one of my easiest zero-waste fast food experiences. I let the cashier know right away that I had my own bucket and wanted some chicken. She agreed to it right away. Another worker filled my bucket (a Wolfgang Puck Stock Pot) with my 15 pieces fast as could be. The chicken was kept close enough to the tills that I was able to see them filling my order. They did not offer me any napkins or a receipt. Perfect!

Packing up leftovers is easy when the food is already in your own containers. I just put the lid on my pot and put it in the fridge for next day snacking. The chicken tasted great hot and also cold the next day. I think I may have debunked the paper/grease belief. I seemed just as greasy as ever! Ha ha. Look I am not saying fast food is a thing that should be eaten all the time (or at all) but it’s good to know that when we do it can be done with zero-waste.

Where should I go get some zero-waste fast food next? Pizza Hut, Burger King or…?

~Stephanie

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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