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Kroger and its affiliated supermarkets to phase out plastic bags by 2025

Posted: 5:21 AM, Aug 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-23 13:30:37Z

CINCINNATI -- In a “bold move,” Kroger will phase out plastic bags and transition to reusable bags by 2025, according to CEO Rodney McMullen.

The Cincinnati-based grocery chain announced the switch Thursday, saying the move “will better protect our planet for future generations."

Kroger-owned QFC in Seattle will be the first to make the transition; plastic bags are expected to be eliminated there by 2019.

Kroger Executive Vice President Mike Donnelly said the decision aligns with the company’s commitment to making a positive social impact.  

"We listen very closely to our customers and our communities, and we agree with their growing concerns," Donnelly said in a news release. 

McMullen said the move to nix plastic correlates with the company’s “Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment” -- a goal to divert waste from landfills and donate food to hungry families.

The grocery chain has also been redesigned milk jugs in an effort to use less plastic, CNN reported. It started using the new container in about half of its dairy products last year.