Kroger announced last week that the company will phase single-use plastic bags from all stores across the country by 2025.
“It’s a bold move that will better protect our planet for future generations,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.
According to a press release issued by Kroger on Aug. 23, an estimated 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the U.S. every year and currently, less than five percent are recycled annually in America.
“We listen very closely to our customers and our communities, and we agree with their growing concerns,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president and COO. “This decision aligns with our commitment to live our purpose through social impact.”
According to management at the Frederica Street Kroger, it is unknown when the phase out will begin locally, but it will not be anytime soon the store said.