We’re committed to reducing single-use plastics in our stores because it benefits our environment, customers, team members and suppliers. Single-use plastics, which include plastic bags, straws, soda and water bottles, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. From day one, we’ve gone above and beyond to eliminate or replace these items with better alternatives.
In 2008, we became the first U.S. grocer to ban disposable plastic bags at checkout. In 2019, we became the first national retailer to eliminate all plastic straws from our cafés and coffee bars. This initiative has eliminated more than 20 million plastic straws annually. We're proud of these accomplishments, but our work is far from finished.
Reducing Single-Use Plastics
From our Prepared Foods department to our checkout lines, we've worked hard to reduce single-use plastics and offer alternatives across our stores. Many of these alternatives are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit dedicated to preserving forest ecosystems. Here are some of the many ongoing programs and initiatives you'll find in our stores.