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Kroger Stores to Phase Out Plastic Bags

Grocery chain Kroger said today it will phase out plastic bags over the next few years.

The Cincinnati-based grocery store chain – the largest in the nation – will start the shift to using only reusable or, in the short-term, paper bags at its Seattle-based QFC subsidiary, which is expected to be plastic bag-free by next year. The Seattle area was a natural place to start, because a local law has already banned plastic bags in some stores.

“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.”

Most grocery stores in the country bag groceries in single-use plastic bags, and some estimates are that 100 billion of those are discarded every year. Kroger’s decision is expected to take about 6 billion plastic bags out of that equation. Kroger said less than five percent of plastic bags are recycled.

Kroger operates nearly 2,800 stores around the country under a variety of store names. In addition to operating Kroger stores, some of its better-known subsidiaries include Roundy’s and Mariano’s in the Midwest; FredMeyer in the Northwest; Harris Teeter in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic; and its largest subsidiary, Ralph’s, in Southern California.

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David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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