On Aug. 23, The Kroger Co. announced it will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its family of stores by 2025 under its Zero Hunger Zero Waste campaign. Seattle-based QFC will be the company’s first retail division to phase out single-use plastic bags. QFC’s transition is expected to be completed in 2019.
“As part of our Zero Hunger Zero Waste commitment, we are phasing out use-once, throw-it-away plastic bags and transitioning to reusable bags in our stores by 2025,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “It’s a bold move that will better protect our planet for future generations,” McMullen said.
Kroger said estimates suggest 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the US per year with less than 5 percent of plastic bags recycled annually. The EPA reports that the US generates more than 4 million tons of plastic bags per year, and only 13 percent of it is recycled.
“We listen very closely to our customers and our communities, and we agree with their growing concerns,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president and COO. “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.”