ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - One of the biggest users of single-use plastic bags is going to stop using them.
Kroger's plastic bags are ubiquitious, but environmentally they are a drain. So the grocery store chain has decided to break its dependence on the single-use bag.
Plastic bags at grocery stores have been around since the 80s, but Kroger plans to have no more single-use bags by 2025.
"Single-use bags, over 100 billion bags per year with a B in the United States are thrown away. It's estimated 6 billion with Kroger alone," Kroger spokesperson Felix Turner said. "We feel like we can make a big impact in the environment and for wildlife. "
You've probably seen pictures of sea life being choked by human garbage. For this and other reasons, this 136-year-old grocery chain is calling it quits with plastic bags we use once then toss.
You can already replace one-time bags with reusable totes. But, the folks here say they want to – eventually – take it all a step further.
"We also have some single use in produce and meat, but we're also looking for some options here, too," Turner said.
Yes, somehow try to figure out how to get a bag of apples into something else. But what that is, well, that's still unclear. So they've started a program called Zero Hunger, Zero Waste and they want your feedback online.
"Look under Zero Hunger, Zero Waste and you can put your suggestions in there, also," Turner said.
Now the best thing you can do if you are interested in tossing plastic and getting on the clean-up train, is to buy all cotton or burlap bags.
When they're done, you can cut them up and put them in the garden or compost them.