Big news for shoppers as Kroger looks to eliminate the use of plastic bags
U.S. 25th. August, 2018: Kroger is among the largest supermarket companies in the United States and they have put up a statement suggesting that they are starting to eliminate the single use plastic bags from their stores. The company aims to completely left behind the use of such bags by 2025.
Certain major chains, including the Ralphs, Pick n Save, Harris Teeter, Kroger, and Food 4 less, are all working under the command of Kroger Co. as they operate over 2700 supermarkets across U.S.
The first impact will happen at the QFC in Seattle and they would slowly and steadily overthrow the single use plastic bags till 2019.
As per the words of Mike Donnelly, who is the chief operating officer and executive vice president of the company, they pay close attention to the requirements of the clients and the communities. Therefore, they will move towards more sustainable choices.
Use of Plastic Bags
The plastic bags that are intended for single use only are contributing to a lot of plastic waste as over 380 billion plastic bags are used in United States alone over the course of one year. These bags down into the tiny particles which are labelled as the microplastics that are present in our environment and are proving to be troublesome for scientists.
Other businesses have also taken the problem into account and they are taking measures to reduce such waste. For instance, in July, starbucks came up with an announcement that they will stop the use of plastic straws all over the world.
Similarly, the governments are also keen to overcome the problem as in California there is a ban on single use bags all over the state and no large retail or grocery store can use it.
Kenya has also introduced ban on plastic bags and certain Australian retailers and states have also taken measures on stopping the use of these carryout bags. Although it can be tough to find decent alternatives, the fact that we get cleaner food chains and waterways, along with better environment and less plastic waste, may worth all this trouble.