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Kroger Announces Plan to Eliminate Plastic Grocery Bags by 2025

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Kroger grocery stores, owners of such supermarkets as Fred Meyer, Ralphs, and Harris Teeter, recently announced that it plans to ditch plastic grocery bags by the year 2025. By gradually transitioning to reusable grocery bags, it will achieve this at all of its close to 2,800 locations.

The first of Kroger’s chains to eliminate plastic bags will be QFC, based in Seattle. They’ll have completed this process by 2019. In a press release, Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen stated that the company was making a “bold move that will better protect our planet.” By the same token, Kroger has been redesigning their milk jugs which would then use 10 percent less plastic. By the end of 2017, it made the switch to this new milk container in approximately half of its dairy plants, with the full change anticipated to take effect shortly. Both of these efforts are part of Kroger’s initiative to cut 90 percent of waste going to landfills by the year 2020.

With mounting pressure from shoppers and environmentalists alike, similar companies throughout the U.S. are revising policies on sustainability. In efforts to get a better handle on the use of plastics, states such as California have approved a ban on single-use plastic bags (made into law in 2016), and New York is presently reviewing a similar step. Chains such as Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, and McDonald’s have all made recent promises to eliminate foam containers (polystyrene) and plastics, with Starbucks promising the removal of plastic straws from their stores by 2020.