Stop Fast Food Chains From Using Paper From Endangered Forests

Packaging symbolizes the disposable society we have become. More than half of all paper produced in the United States is used in paper packaging.

Fast Food Industry giants including Yum! Brands (which brings you Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and more) are big buyers of paper packaging from the forests of the Southern US.

With nearly 100 packaging mills in the South, forests are being destroyed to bring you fried chicken, burgers, fries and super-sized convenience in a glut of wrappers, boxes and cups.

On top of this, millions of pounds of food packaging waste litter our roadways, clog our landfills and spoil our quality of life. Over half of landfill waste is paper and wood products.

Send an email to Yum Brands CEO David Novak asking him to reduce the company's packaging, stop using paper from endangered Southern forests and use more recycled paper!

CEO David Novak,

I am joining Dogwood Alliance to ask for your help in protecting natural forests in the South and reducing the amount of paper packaging used in the United States. Southern forests are some of the most biologically diverse in North America and around the world. Unfortunately, the Southern U.S. is also the largest paper-producing region in the world with millions of acres being logged every year mostly for paper production and much of this paper is ending up in our landfills. In the United States we generate over 300 pounds of packaging waste per person each year, and food packaging takes up 15% of our landfills.

Where is your commitment to the environment? Yum! Brands, as an industry leader plays a key role in the fate of the native forests in the Southern US and can lead the reform away from wasteful paper packaging. And as one of the leading paper packaging producers I am asking that your company reduce the amount of paper packaging being used, increase the amount of post consumer fiber in your packaging, and ensure your paper does not come from endangered forests.

Simple choices and creative solutions can reduce the excess and destruction while still allowing us to enjoy the level of convenience we have come to expect.

We are asking you to work with us to solve the packaging problem, and to take the lead in the reform of the fast food packaging industry to save our forests.

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