How are grocery stores eliminating single-use plastics?

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Fruits and vegetables are always packed in single-use plastic at grocery stores. Some stores even go as far as packing individual bananas and strawberries with plastic wrapping. With their natural covering, fruits and vegetables do not need plastic packaging but still, it is a common sight in most of the grocery stores.  

Food packaging contributes to a significant proportion of single-use plastic bags. In the U.S., consumers use 14 billion plastic bags annually and less than 1% of it is recycled or reused. Moreover, to produce that much number of bags, it takes 12 million barrels of oil. These single-use plastic bags live for more than 1000 years in landfills. This misuse of plastic has led to ocean littering and the killing of marine life.  

In recent times, with increasing awareness about sustainable packing and environmental impact, some grocery stores have become wise by eliminating the single-use plastics. A high number of stores are trying to go plastic-free and zero-waste.  

Wegmans, a supermarket chain with 98 stores in the United States, announced that it will eliminate the use of plastic bags by the end of 2019. They also announced that they would be eliminating 10 million pounds of plastic by the end of 2014. This decision of Wegmans attracted a lot of attention as it committed to become a “zero waste” store. It was not difficult for people to carry their own bags for grocery shopping. For materials that require packaging like bakery and cakes, Wegmans has started the use of 100% recycled paper material.

zero plastic stores

Fruits and vegetables are always packed in single-use plastic at grocery stores. Some stores even go as far as packing individual bananas and strawberries with plastic wrapping. With their natural covering, fruits and vegetables do not need plastic packaging but still, it is a common sight in most of the grocery stores.  

Food packaging contributes to a significant proportion of single-use plastic bags. In the U.S., consumers use 14 billion plastic bags annually and less than 1% of it is recycled or reused. Moreover, to produce that much number of bags, it takes 12 million barrels of oil. These single-use plastic bags live for more than 1000 years in landfills. This misuse of plastic has led to ocean littering and the killing of marine life.  

In recent times, with increasing awareness about sustainable packing and environmental impact, some grocery stores have become wise by eliminating the single-use plastics. A high number of stores are trying to go plastic-free and zero-waste.  

Wegmans, a supermarket chain with 98 stores in the United States, announced that it will eliminate the use of plastic bags by the end of 2019. They also announced that they would be eliminating 10 million pounds of plastic by the end of 2014. This decision of Wegmans attracted a lot of attention as it committed to become a “zero waste” store. It was not difficult for people to carry their own bags for grocery shopping. For materials that require packaging like bakery and cakes, Wegmans has started the use of 100% recycled paper material.

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