Kroger is the largest grocery store chain in America, so not only is their pledge to phase out plastic bags a big deal, it could also potentially have a pretty large positive impact on the environment.
Up to 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year in the world, with only about 5% making it through the recycling process. Kroger is joining a handful of supermarket chains and a small but growing number of cities looking to enact positive change by banning single-use products altogether.
They’re set to begin the phase-out in their Seattle subsidiary Customers at Quality Food Centers before rolling it out at all 2800 Kroger-owned grocery stores across the country.
The goal is part of the chain’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste campaign, which aims to relieve hunger in local communities and reduce landfill waste by 90% in the next year.
It’s a lofty goal, and if you want to be a part of making it happen, make sure to invest in reusable bags or other modes of transporting those groceries home.
Every little bit helps!