Aug 23, 2018

Kroger is dropping plastic bags by 2025

Woman checks out in grocery store in background, with reduce recycle reuse green bag in front.

Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

By next year, Kroger will no longer supply plastic shopping bags at checkout in its 63 QFC stores, and by 2025 in all 2,800 Kroger-owned stores, in response to the customer backlash against plastic products and its contribution to landfills, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Kroger is the largest U.S. grocer, so the impact of the change could outsize other companies ditching plastics — including Starbucks Corp., Hyatt Hotels Corp., and Walt Disney Co., all of which are eliminating the use of plastic straws. Whole Foods and IKEA announced they were ditching plastic bags in 2008.

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