For decades, shoppers have walked into supermarkets to fill their carts with goodies for their families. And while shopping doesn’t appear to have a long-standing effect on our world, one major grocer thinks differently.
By 2025, America’s most popular supermarket chain will be making a massive change to their business by eliminating plastic bags.
While many stores have gone plastic-less, Kroger has officially confirmed that they will no longer be offering single-use plastic bags. Rather, Kroger will be offering reusable shopping bags.
The reason for this is simple- it’s better for the environment! According to the University of Georgia, 18.2 trillion pounds of plastic have been produced since plastic production took off in the 1950’s. Plastic waste translates to more than just our earth’s ground- the oceans are believed to have “more than 70 million tons of plastic waste on the seafloor.”
With Kroger’s help, plastic production will slow down immeasurably and will help decrease the amount of plastic waste. Currently, Kroger is responsible for more than six billion shopping bags a year. If things continue going to the way they’re going, plastic waste will reach 44.7 trillion pounds by 2050.
While this might be a big change, Kroger shoppers are welcome the change with open arms! Many are wondering why this didn’t happen sooner, especially when considering that Kroger competitors implemented this change months ago. Most are saying “Why so long? Make the change now.”
Kroger’s CEO chimed in after backlash from the public regarding the seven-year wait with a simple comment: “It can’t happen overnight.” As America’s largest grocery chain, it’s likely that it will take longer than a couple of months to completely eliminate single-use bags.
Either way, Kroger is going plastic-less! What do you think?