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KFC launches reusable container; here’s hoping it’s reused

September 30th, 2010

Fried chicken mega-chain KFC has swallowed its share of criticism recently. The introduction of its artery-challenging “double down” bun-less sandwich this year left health experts slack-jawed. Some customers gobbled it up, but few argued that this “sandwich” of two deep-fried chicken patties stuck together with cheese and bacon would help anyone with their body mass index.

Next KFC came in for criticism of its unsustainably sourced paper buckets. The Dogwood Alliance attacked the fast food chain for using paper that was not certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), widely used by Walmart and others to verify its paper and wood products are coming from well-managed forests. (KFC uses a different certifier, which Dogwood claimed was a cover for bad practices.)
KFC may be trying to turn its image around with a series of packaging changes.

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Landmark restaurants sign up for green certification

August 5th, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

Some of our nation’s most prominent locations are greening up their dining practices. Restaurant Associates, the operators of eateries inside some of America’s museums and landmarks, has committed to a five year partnership with the Green Restaurant Association.

All current and future cafes within the US House of Representatives, American Museum of Natural History, and the Lincoln Center will become more environmentally friendly.

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Petaluma Poultry pecks away at unnecessary packaging

July 9th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports:

They’re out of their cages, they’re eating vegetarian and now they’re being freed of their Styrofoam packaging.

What’s next for organic, free range chickens? Vacations to city?

Petaluma Poultry, which lays claim to being the first and the largest producer of free range organic chickens, has determined that if it sells those chickies wrapped in leakless plastic instead of arranged on a foam tray, it can cut down on packaging costs and volume. And not just a little.

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Help contain plastics by knowing your plastic containers

December 30th, 2008

By Kelly Rondeau
Green Right Now

It’s the holiday season, and along with the many joys that are associated with this fun time of year – cooking, baking, parties with friends and family – comes a lurking environmental problem: Toxic chemicals in everyday plastics. Plastics that seem to be everywhere in our holiday midst — in the packaging of toys, the toys themselves, our food packaging, in our holiday leftover storage containers, in plastic wrap, in water bottles — and the list goes on.

Many valid health concerns have been raised about poisonous chemicals present in our everyday plastics, and the headlines about these toxins leaching into our food are frightening. A recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found, for instance, that food containers labeled as “microwave safe” leached BPA when heated. (See our report, “BPA turns up in ‘microwave safe’ products“.)

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