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KFC’s paper packaging is directly contributing to the destruction of our Southern forests.  While other fast food chains are working hard to use less, use more recycled paper, and ensure that their paper packaging is not coming from the world’s endangered forests, KFC continues to make its famous buckets from the few remaining special places in our region.

KFC is one of the major purchasers from International Paper, the largest paper company in the world and a company notorious for business-as-usual destructive forest management practices such as large-scale clearcutting, conversion of natural forests to plantations, and reliance on toxic chemicals in forest management.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  As a Southern-based company and a very large customer of paper packaging from the forests of our region, KFC has a responsibility to ensure that its business decisions work to protect forests and not destroy them.  Despite repeated attempts to engage KFC in discussions, we have been unable to get KFC President Roger Eaton to take action on matching the company’s rhetoric with its actions.

Let Roger Eaton know that Southern forests are too precious to be wasted for KFC’s disposable packaging!

Letter to
President Roger Eaton
Roger McClendon
Your company website states that KFC is as committed to the environment as it is to its food and to its customers. I applaud this sentiment—but I believe that your actions are not consistent with your rhetoric.

Many of your biggest competitors have taken major steps to reduce the impact of their packaging, while KFC continues to source paper from endangered Southern forests like The Green Swamp in Brunswick County, North Carolina.

I urge you to take immediate and substantive steps to develop a credible sustainable packaging policy, including:

• Reducing the overall packaging for your products
• Increasing the use of post-consumer recycled paper in your packaging
• Where recycled paper is not available, making sure your paper originates from well-managed forests as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The time has come for KFC to take a lead in protecting our Southern forests. A failure to do so will be seen as a betrayal of the values your company claims to hold.


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