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Tim Hortons previews new packaging for 2023, trials fibre hot beverage lid

Tim Hortons to eliminate the use of all single-use plastic bags as Canada's ban on some plastics comes into effect
tim hortons compostable coffee lid
Photography courtesy Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada will introduce eco-friendly packaging and cutlery in early 2023. 

The shift includes compostable wooden and fibre cutlery, which the company estimates will eliminate some 90 million single-use plastics each year.

Plastic lids on loaded bowls are also being replaced with fibre lids. Tim Hortons will swap out its breakfast and lunch wrapper with a design that uses 75% less material, saving an estimated 1,400 tonnes of material a year.

The restaurant chain is also now trialing a fibre hot beverage lid that is plastic-free and recyclable. 

Running for 12 weeks in Vancouver, the goal of the trial is to develop products that are alternatives to plastic and easier to recycle and repurpose. 

Tim Hortons restaurants will also eliminate the use of all single-use plastic bags and will begin offering guests reusable bags for purchase starting in January. 

"Through our sustainability platform Tims for Good, we're always looking for ways, big and small, to make thoughtful choices on material and design in order to reduce and eliminate packaging and contribute to more sustainable innovation," Paul Yang, senior director of procurement, sustainability and packaging at Tim Hortons, said in a statement.

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