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Viewpoints from Readers: Kroger’s phase-out of plastic bags stirs conversation

August 25, 2018

Kroger Co., the nation’s largest grocery chain, recently joined other nationwide businesses on a mission to help the environment, announcing it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025.

The family of stores, which orders about 6 billion bags each year, will begin phasing out their use immediately at one of its chains based in Seattle, and plans to be plastic-bag-free at that chain next year.

Kroger is seeking customer feedback and will be working with outside groups throughout the transition.

Locally, Herald-Dispatch readers shared mixed reactions to the news that they’ll soon be required to provide their own reusable bags at the store. Here are some of their responses:

Leslie Cumptan: “All stores need to do this. Plastic is destroying our oceans and it is so easy to take your own bags!”

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Lisa Adkins: “I guess it’s a start. But water doesn’t know borders, so other nations’ crap will still touch our shores. Hopefully everyone starts this.”

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Leslie Cumptan: “When I was in Japan, they were doing this. I think many European countries don’t use plastic bags as well. Also, California has been doing it for years. I hope Walmart and others follow suit.”

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Melody McPherson: “Good! I have been bringing my reusable bags for years - I still miss my 5 cent discount per bag, haha.”

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Lisa Cotthaus: “I hope this is true. Get rid of plastic bags.”

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Christy Leonard Ward: “It’s not like they won’t be offering some sort of alternative.”

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Pamela D. Johnson: “I don’t want to go back to paper bags!”

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CarolAnn Ellen: “Bring your own - they’re much better anyways!”

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Rodney Warden: “How will I clean up dog poop from the yard? LOL.”

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Shirley Layne: “Good, I hate those plastic bags.”

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Judy Fertig Paden: “The plastic bags are so thin, you have to use two or they break. Our Kroger has nice paper bags with handles.”

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Eric Kutcher: “Should have been done years ago. It’s easier to bring your own bags and literally put everything in like 2-3 bags. Easier to carry as well.”

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Jessica McCormick: “Aldi has been doing it for years. It’s a great thing.”

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K.A. White: “Buy a few reusables and make fewer trips to and from your car to get groceries in the house.”

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Angela Kincaid-Asbury: “Oh no, there goes my litter trash bags!”

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Timothy Webb: “I like paper bags. The whole plastic issue will be dead by next year. It is just another made-up green bandwagon that most don’t want anything to do with but somehow we are affected by it.”

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Amber Teasley: “The bags are $2 a bag and for some people that are struggling to put food on the table, that’s a lot. I love how people are more concerned about the environment and less concerned about the people that need help now.”

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Angie Williams George: “My daughter lives in California. She takes tote bags from home. It’s not an option there. She keeps them in her car and she is always ready to stop by the store.”

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Belinda Akley DiMarcello: “Wonderful!!! Much easier to bag groceries in paper bags than plastic!”

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