Korger's made a huge announcement about plastic bags. The nation's largest grocery chain will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025.
Kroger Co. orders about 6 billion bags each year. They will start the project with their Seattle based chain QFC.
The company, which is based in Cincinnati, operates 2,779 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different grocery chains.
The Kroger Co. Family of Stores includes:
- City Market
- Food 4 Less
- Foods Co
- Fred Meyer
- King Soopers
- Jay C Food Store
- Owens Market
- Pay-Less Super Markets
- Smith’s Food and Drug
On Thursday, the company will begin the phaseout process in Seattle. It expects to be plastic-bag free at the chain next year. They will be using customer feedback to negotiate the change,
"We listen very closely to our customers and our communities, and we agree with their growing concerns," said Mike Donnelly, Kroger's chief operating officer. "That's why, starting today at QFC, we will begin the transition to more sustainable options. This decision aligns with our Restock Kroger commitment to live our purpose through social impact."
Kroger's decision reflects a push to limit plastic usage. Disney, Starbucks, Marriott, and McDonald's are getting rid of plastic straws. McDonald's said this year that it will use only recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes, and other packaging by 2025. Dunkin' Donuts is phasing out polystyrene foam cups by 2020. Ikea plans to eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020.
Some people on Twitter are very angry about the shift. They are concerned about having to buy reusable bags and losing the bags for the other things they use them for.
However, some people are very happy about the switch. They applaud their care for the environment.
Others are angry but not about the switch. They are mad about how long it's going to take to make the transition.
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