Reduce plastic in grocery chains

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I shop regularly at the Kroger near my house in Durham, NC, where I've noticed the indiscriminate use of plastic bags -- almost all items are "double-bagged", with little to no encouragement (in the form of advertising, or reusable bags for sale) for customers to not use plastic. The senior leadership of Kroger needs to be more responsible about their impact on the environment -- the same situation is true of giants like Walmart, Target, Harris Teeter and other stores that fill the world with more and more plastic.

A simple step is to charge customers for plastic bags, or to introduce paper bags instead (also at a cost). This encourages customers to bring reusable bags. Another step is to replace plastic grocery bags (to package individual vegetables, fruits,etc.) with compostable bags. Trader Joe's has done this consistently, and brilliantly. 

Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. On average, we only recycle one plastic bag in every 200 we use. This plastic fills dumpyards, and eventually find their way into the ocean. It is predicted that by 2020, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. 

 The solution, therefore, is two-fold: by using reusable grocery bags, we can stem the free flow of single use plastic dumped daily in our oceans; the second step, in parallel, is to appeal to the business leadership of these companies to eliminate the use of single-use plastic in their stores. 

 

Thank you.



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