Kroger Will Eliminate Plastic Bags at All Stores by 2025

Those reusable grocery bags will come in handy at Kroger—and sooner than you might think.

We’re excited to hear that Kroger Co. plans to phase out single-use plastic bags at its 2,779 stores across the country! This includes all Kroger supermarkets plus a huge family of local brands. The chain is serious about plastic bags—the change starts right now at Seattle-based QFC, which has 60 locations in Washington and Oregon.

Here’s what to expect as plastic bags are phased out.

How Will This Work?

As the changes happen at a Kroger-owned supermarket near you, you should still be able to pack your milk, eggs and other buys in paper bags. The checkouts will also have reusable shopping bags for $1 or $2 each. Like us, you probably have a heap of reusable shopping bags around the house, too! We’ll be bringing our bags because it’s one of many ways to go green in the kitchen. It can also make self-checkout that much easier, especially with these tips for bagging groceries like a pro.

Kroger’s regional grocery brands include:

  • Dillons Food Stores
  • Food 4 Less
  • Fred Meyer
  • Harris Teeter
  • Mariano’s
  • Pick n’ Save
  • Ralphs
  • Ruler Foods
  • Smith’s

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Make your next trip to Kroger even more stylish with a reusable print shopping bag ($10). We adore these bags from BAGGU for their durability. (Hello, heavy canned goods!) Plus, with some beginner-level origami, the bag folds to fit inside a pocket or purse. Purchase it here.

Why Is This Happening?

In a press release, Kroger says that 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the U.S. every year. Yikes! Kroger’s decision to phase out plastic bags adds momentum to the trend of other major retailers announcing plans to reduce waste, including brands like Starbucks saying “no thanks” to straws.

To reduce your own impact on the environment ahead of Kroger’s schedule, challenge yourself to grocery shop without plastic. Here’s what happened when one editor went plastic-free in her kitchen!

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Rebecca Walden
Rebecca C. Walden is a freelance writer with Deep South roots - an Alabama native now living in north Texas. Her writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, the Huffington Post, Southern Living, and many other regional publications, focusing on everything from health and wellness to parenting, family, and women's interests. Walden also provides freelance writing to corporate clients in finance, government, healthcare, and higher education. Check out her latest work @rebeccacwalden.com.