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QFC Is First Kroger Division Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Bags

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QFC is the first division of The Kroger Co. to no longer provide single-use plastic bags to customers beginning April 1.

Throughout the month of April, Bellevue, Washington-based QFC will donate $1 for each reusable bag sold in its stores to worldwide nonprofit The Nature Conservancy.

“With Earth Day approaching, we realized this was the perfect opportunity to accelerate the removal of single-use plastic in our stores and take the next bold step in our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste journey,” said Suzy Monford, president of QFC. “We listen closely to our customers and our communities, and we agree with their growing concerns about use-once, throw-it-away plastic bags. This is why we are leading the change and inviting our customers to join us as we help to create zero waste neighborhoods.”

All QFC stores will offer reusable bags for sale with displays highlighting the $1 donation to The Nature Conservancy for each reusable bag purchased in April, up to $10,000. QFC will also continue to offer customers the ability to recycle plastic bags.

In August 2018, Kroger announced a national plan to eliminate single-use plastic bags in all stores as part of its Zero Hunger/Zero Waste initiative to end hunger in the communities it serves and eliminate waste across the company.

In the announcement, QFC committed to be Kroger’s first market to make the complete transition.

Some estimates suggest that 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the U.S. every year. Currently, less than 5 percent of them are recycled annually in America and they are the fifth-most common single-use plastic found in the environment by magnitude.

The Kroger Co. employs nearly half a million associates who serve 9 million customers daily through a digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banners.

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  • This whole “bag” thing has proven consistently ill conceived and short sighted. It hit me square in the face after my last trip to the market. First, I’ll say, I live in California and our bags have been legislated for decades. The powers that be didn’t like paper bags, too much forest destruction, so they forced us into plastic bags. People adjusted. We found ways to re-use these bags for hauling our own things back and forth, lining our trash cans, or cleaning up after our pets. Today in California those super thin, but super strong “free” plastic bags are BANNED. Now our markets sells us our bags. For a mere ten cents you get a much thicker bag, that you’re suppose to bring back to fill again and again. Except if meat bleeds into your bag unnoticed you might just contaminate your entire next purchase. But yesterday, my super thick ten cent bag split at the bottom and now is good for nothing at all but landfill. And that super thick plastic bag will not be disintegrating any time soon. So, no, these bag regulations, in my experience, are not doing our planet any good, but instead just making matters worse.

    • Mary is correct. I too experienced her same issues. Not to mention in order to make meat packaging more durable, what can the retailers do? Yes, make thicker PLASTIC wrapping that will make the transfer less prone to leakage, adding to our plastic in the landfill problem. And not to forget, when retailers announce they are doing away with plastic bags, people will start hoarding bags!

  • It would seem to me rather than eliminate the bags, why not make the bags degrade and disintegrate themselves after a few months. Same with straws. I believe plastic manufacturers could do alot more to make plastics like these degrade on their own after a period of time. I see a bigger problem with cigarette butts everywhere causing more issues than bags and straws combined. Why not focus on them instead?

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