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Target Responded and Has No Plan for its Billion Plastic Bags a Year

Customers Who Care

Mar 26, 2019 — 

Target’s VP of Corporate Responsibility responded and has made it clear that Target’s approach to corporate responsibility for plastic bags is to say it is the customer’s responsibility.

We asked Target if it has a plan to address the over a billion plastic bags it hands out at checkout each year. Target’s response indicated it has no new plan. 

Instead, Target’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Jennifer Silberman, responded referencing Target’s same approach of “well over a decade” in which it “offered discounts for reusable bags and offered reusable bag options at check out.” Silberman also referenced Target’s “recycling kiosks.”

As Target’s sales rise, none of this has even remotely curbed the flow of bags out of Target’s stores and will never stop it. 

Target calls itself a sustainability leader. But, Target’s approach of putting all of the sustainability leadership responsibility on its customers is not leadership. And, giving out a billion plastic bags a year, is not even close to sustainable. These bags last forever. 

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