Kroger announced Thursday that it will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its Family Stores by 2025.
Seattle-based QFC will be the company’s first retail division to phase out single-use plastic bags. The company expects QFC’s transition to be completed in 2019.
“As part of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment, we are phasing out use-once, throw-it-away plastic bags and transitioning to reusable bags in our stores by 2025,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.
They said it is a bold move that will better protect the planet for future generations.
Estimates suggest that 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the U.S. every year.
Currently, less than five percent of plastic bags are recycled annually in America, and single-use plastic bags are the fifth-most common single-use plastic found in the environment by magnitude.
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