Kroger announced today it will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its stores by 2025.
The transition will begin in Seattle and spread countrywide by 2025.
“It’s a bold move that will better protect our planet for future generations,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment.
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Kroger will solicit customer feedback and work with NGOs and community partners to ensure a responsible transition.
Krogert 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, according to Kroger’s research.