Kroger’s phase-out of plastic bags stirs local 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!”

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.”

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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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.”

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

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

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

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.”

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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