In a previous blog, I covered the many benefits of recycling
Today’s post is written by Ivy Ray, Account Manager at SafeSourcing Inc.
Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery store chain, recently announced that it will begin phasing out plastic bag use and expects to be plastic bag free in all of its 2,800 stores by the year 2025. This shift is part of Kroger’s ‘Zero Hunger / Zero Waste’ initiative in response to the growing concerns of customers and the community, and is a reflection of their commitment to “live our purpose through social impact”, according to Kroger’s chief operating officer, Mike Donnelley.
The transition from single-use to reusable bags will ultimately eliminate 123 million pounds of garbage annually sent to landfills. That would quadruple the amount of plastic the retailer currently recycles. Kroger will ramp up the availability of their reusable bags which costs $1 each, and customers will still have the option of asking for paper bags. Future plans also include a phase out of plastic bags for produce and meat.
Other major U.S. corporations have joined the shift to reduce waste, which include Disney, Starbucks, Marriott, and McDonald’s. These companies have all committed to getting rid of plastic straws. Dunkin’ Donuts will be phasing out polystyrene foam cups, and Ikea has plans to eliminate single-use plastic products by 2020.
In a previous blog, I covered the many benefits of recycling. Although there has been a growing awareness of environmental conservation which dates back to long before the first Earth Day in April of 1970, we are still a long way away from being a totally waste conscious society. Only 30% of recyclable materials actually get recycled. The move to produce less waste is a step in the right direction in the quest for a zero waste solution.
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