In an attempt to follow suit with most eco-friendly, household name grocery stores, Kroger (parent company to Arizona’s Fry’s Food and Drug) announced on Thursday that they would be eliminating single-use plastic bags.
By the year 2025, the Cincinnati-based chain promises to be plastic bag free.
For a $1-$2 price, customers will be able to purchase reusable bags for their shopping needs.
Currently, paper bags are still being offered for free in-store, but Kroger wishes to fully transition to the reusable bags.
A company campaign in place known as the “Zero Hunger | Zero Waste” program is the inspiration for this change.
Chairman Rodney McMullen states, “It’s a bold move that will better protect our planet for future generations.”
According to the campaign, less than 5% of plastic bags are recycled annually in the United States. Up to 100 billion are being thrown into the garbage, creating unnecessary waste.
With 2,700 locations throughout the country, Kroger operates dozens of brands, some of which include: Fry’s, Ralph’s, Smith’s Food and Drug, and Food 4 Less.
Seattle-based QFC (Quality Food Centers) will be amongst the first to make the transition. Their aim is to be rid of the plastic bags by the end of 2019.
There has been no time frame provided regarding the other stores, so far.
Grocery chains are not the only companies making the switch. Large corporations have gained awareness to the growing plastic waste epidemic happening quickly in the country. McDonald’s, Disney, Starbucks, and Marriott have all decided to rid themselves of plastic straws.
For its soda cups, McDonald’s has vowed to use only eco-friendly materials this year. They have also committed to making Happy Meal boxes and other packaging biodegradable by the year 2025.
By the year 2020, Dunkin Donuts and IKEA have both agreed to join the bandwagon and eliminate its single-use plastic or styrofoam items.
A leader on the foreground, Whole Foods did away with their single-use bags back in 2008.