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Kroger phasing out plastic bags by 2025

Kroger officials say plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past.

Posted: Aug. 24, 2018 4:19 PM
Updated: Aug. 26, 2018 9:25 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Kroger officials say plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past. They're working to phase out of plastic and move exclusively to paper and reusable by 2025. 

"It's a huge step for us, geared around our Zero Hunger Zero Waste campaign," said Chris Gomez, district manager. 

Plastic bags are, of course, the waste portion of the campaign. 

Gomez told FOX 55 on the phone more than 100 billion single use bags are thrown away every year in the United States. 

The change will start with Seattle stores in 2019. 

"We're really going to phase this across the country, so it's not going to be everybody at one time," he said. 

Shay Butcher said she has reusable bags at home, but likes to keep her plastic bags. 

"I reuse the plastic bags in my trashcans, so it's nice and it saves me money to have the plastic bags," she said. 

Gomez said while they're sacking the plastic, paper will still be an option. 

"We're really going to be listening for feedback from the customers, too," he said. 

Shoppers like Madison Davis said switching to reusable bags will help future generations, and they're eco-friendly. 

"It helps our environment a lot, too, so I guess paper is better than plastic," Davis said. 

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